Sony is increasing the PlayStation Plus three month subscription fee from 14,99€ to 19,99€ in Europe.
This is beyond BS. Imagine them doing this in North America
Imagine paying 60 bucks just to play online for a year... oh wait, Microsoft charged that for half a decade. A PS+ subscription is still cheaper than XBL while also offering more benefits, if you want to complain about anything you shouldn't really start with Sony.
"Imagine paying 60 bucks just to play online for a year... oh wait, Microsoft charged that for half a decade." Nobody pays 60 bucks for XBL. You can get on amazon for 40 or cheaper.Is it really so difficult explain the value of PSN without bring up what MS charge for XBL, when you should know damn well that NOBODY pays full price MS RRP for XBL, or even PSN for that matter. unless they have never heard of the internet. These subs are cheaper on amazon and elsewhere For both consoles. You could have just said that in combination with the fact that you are paying for the maintanence and you get some free games thrown in...but thats just me, I guess. @Fishy Fingers Fair play, but ignorance of facts is never a pass to spread FUD to make a point. I agree with his stance, just not his choice of example. Just look at triplec's comment. Further proving my point. Incapable of making his point without referencing the fact that XBOX wasnt giving you free games back in 2008...What does that have to do with PSN getting a chump change price hike now in 2015? Its just silly! I dont need to mention PSN to justify the price of XBL. So Why do they need to mention XBL's offical RRP that NO Xbox owner pays. If like YOU said "only got a PS and there for doesn't care about how the price compares to XBL" ...you are basically giving his ignorance a pass because he doesnt care/cant be bothered to check a few facts before posting. Which..again feed right back into my point...this is bloody hilarious now...I shouldnt even have to pint this out to you. Its laughable that you defend it by saying...maybe he doesnt care..so its OK for him to falsey say xbox users are FORCED to pay 60 bucks. That is flat out lie! lol. Why are you defending that?
@ nX Not only that, Microsoft has been forcing people to pay to play online since 2002 and did not give XBL gold members anything with their subscription for over a decade.. Forcing people to pay to play online is not cool but at least Sony has always offered games and kept it free on the PS3.
Maybe he's only got a PS and there for doesn't care about how the price compares to XBL?
@NX I call BS on that. In South Africa we pay R750 for PS+ and R600 for XBL a year.
I have never payed full price for xbox live. Amazing to see even defending price increases while always calling out others..... Classic fanboy at work here...
"Not only that, Microsoft has been forcing people to pay to play online since 2002 and did not give XBL gold members anything with their subscription for over a decade.. Forcing people to pay to play online is not cool but at least Sony has always offered games and kept it free on the PS3." Sony also gave free crucual permanent information to hackers, also did not let its customers know til it was too late. That's what free PSN gets you. Sony has always kept it free and offer games? Do you understand PSN+?
I only pay 30 a year for Xbox live.
Yes you're right they charged it for a decade, and there was no such thing on the PS3. But they had some downtimes on PSN.. What i want to point out is that MS was charging tons of money, but you could see that the money was going to the infrastructure. For example, last Holiday when the Lizard Squad attacked, XBL was only down for a few hours. I didnt even notice anything. On Sony's side there was a downtime for (correct me if i'm wrong) two day, which they did refund later later on. Don't get me wrong. I understand why people have such a loyalty for the playstation brand. The PSX was one of my very first consoles, and i have spend hours with it ( please someone make a Dino Crisis and Chrono Cross remake), but i believe both platforms are great and for now i'm fine with my XBox. I really dont want to become personal by saying this, but you pinted out that MS is charging 60 bucks since the last decade and i believe thats where some people still live. In the last decade:) Why? Everybody thinks XBL is much more expensive. I just refreshed my Xbox live Subscription for 12 Months, and i payed 27Bucks for it (live in Germany). Everone keeps on saying that MS is this evil company that wants to rip you off. I heard so many times that people who got their credit card information stolen, an some one else bougt games online with their money, dont get any refunds from Sony, but MS doesnt hesitate to give their customers their money back. I dont know, i like both platforms but it is just weird how people are trying to justify every bad decision their beloved company does (same goes for Nintendo and XBox). Good friends of mine have always been getting the 3 month subscription for PSN, because coming from the PS3, 45 Bucks had seemingly been to much to pay at once fpr something you once used to become for free.
If Xbox Live performance was the same as PSN I would have switched years ago. I have no problem paying for Xbox Live as long as it gives me the service I am paying for. The Games with Gold was never the selling feature for me. The PS+ rental subscription service is something I haven't subscribed to consistently. I play primarily online with my Xbox so the mandatory subscription to play online with the PS4 coupled with the fact we see mainly indie games released isn't enough to keep bringing me back. If I didn't have my Xbox I would have to subscribe since I wouldn't have a choice. If the online experience was the same as Xbox I would have no issues renewing annually. The games I can live with or without. It all depends on what you are looking for.
@nx Imagine paying 60 bucks just to play online for a year... oh wait, Microsoft charged that for half a decade. A PS+ subscription is still cheaper than XBL while also offering more benefits, What benefits?The playstation subscription was also free back then. Now I'm paying for it and compared to the 360 I had, It has way more downtime. I can't speak for xboxone since I don't have one but for the most part I have not gotten my money's worth with ps plus. Except for a few months all you get are free indie games. The ones I like I have already played on steam. Connections drop while playing multiplayer and this rarely happens on my PC which is free btw.I still don't like the layout of ps menu, it leaves me wanting more The moving background themes are nice but is not enough. If ps plus year subscription goes up I'm definitely cancelling.
Check any deals website, XBL is frequently $30 per year and PS+ never goes below $40 per year. I'm sorry that you don't realize this.
Without offering more benefits you say....This without even telling you how many ways there is to buy a year subscription under $40. I would say I still would pay $60 on updates alone as opposed to stability firmware updates the PS4 has been receiving. What about games with gold being BC compatible meaning whe will be seeing at least for titles a month for free. I can keep going but man that is just the tip of the iceberg.
@nX "A PS+ subscription is still cheaper than XBL while also offering more benefits, if you want to complain about anything you shouldn't really start with Sony." Enough with the nonsense, Sony fans have bashed MS the entire last gen for the online pay wall, and now that Sony is doing the same, they're here with the damage control instead of expecting better from Sony. See, this is exactly how blind brand worship works. And Sony is very likely going to jack up the annual price to $60 here in the US. They're just testing waters first on the monthly and seasonal subscription levels in Europe.
Get the yearly subscription and save [even more] money. Who uses ps plus for less than a year and why? They give free trails with some games for people to see what its about. Otherwise dont get plus...no? then get ps plus...still no? I dont know what to tell ya :P lol
Yes it is still cheaper then XBL but why increase it? If there is a 2-5$ difference, no one will care. Sony have already tripled their stocks, their inflation is booming and i feel that they should make the Ps+ cheaper or start giving us better monthly deals.
in UK the prices are. 3 months £8.50-10 12 months £23-30 there is always someway of getting it cheaper. but direct from sony its £11.99 3 months £39.99 12 months
Yearly Sub price remain same. Only Quarterly Sub price is increased.
monthly sub is up too according to the website
Paying for online is a fake and i do mean a fake limitation by console makers. Netcode isnt a special sauce that only consoles can make. They just decided to lock that out and take the choice away from you. For you young kids this is the America online internet service model all over again. It was stupid then and its stupid now the only diffrence is the people who used AOL finally woke up and realized they were being ripped off and the company went out of business.
they did with xbox live before. 3 months was $19.99 before then it went up to $24.99. So you were better off just getting the yr.
Ok I guess the mention of xbl is issue. My bad, I meant, yeah it sucks that PSN is going up $5 ouch! I expect a price increase in NA as well. $17.99 for 3 months PSN is a steal IMO! Ok maybe not.
since I buy the yearly sub, it wouldn't bother me as long as they only raise the quarterly price. even without the increase it's still much higher (per month) than the year subscription. I don't understand why anyone would buy just 3 months at a time when the yearly rate averages out to be much cheaper per month.
Yes its complete BS. I dont play online anymore so screw sony. They can keep PS Plus and there crappy free games
Thank goodness for the 2013 black friday deal at gamestop. $29 for a year.
"This is beyond BS. Imagine them doing this in North America" They will.
Europe is just as important.
Imagine if Xbox did this.. Everyone would rampage.
Thats why I always buy a year-subscripstion and only those who are on sale
thankyou. after reading comments above, I was beginning to think I was the only one who understood this.
Meh, it is common sense. Why the hell would you buy a monthly subscription?! A little bit of research and you will find year-subs for (€34,99 to (€39,99) sometimes more, sometimes less. That said, most of the people here use this article as ammo for the ongoing war...
yea. here in the states, I just found a 1 year card on ebay for 32 dollars....... paying every 3 months would be over 80 dollars for a year.
Sony is getting a little greedy
Well they do have 90% Market share now its time to put it in without butter.
-_- buy a year sub.... Much cheaper
Any kind of price increase is unwelcome.
Suck only for those that buy subscription monthly, come on no one really pay monthly if you game mainly online or even play multiplayer regularly
I did the three months deal. So I guess I will do the Yearly Sub when it expires!
I buy yearly so this doesn't personally affect be but seriously Sony use money you're getting to invest in upgrading your online infrastructure, too many slow downloads and downtime for my liking when I'm paying for the same service I was getting for free on my ps3. Shocked how they've got away for this long without upgrading anything even though they've been charging for online for ps4 since launch
Off topic: I gotta disagree with slow downloads. Wouldn't that be a problem in your end? also one of thing i like more about PS4 than my xbox one is the ability to download multiple games, updates at the same time. With Xbox everything is one at a time and takes forever, wish ms would fix that.
I have a 72mbps average internet. On ps4 I only ever reach 30 max averaging around 20-25 whereas Xbox One reaches 60mpbs 50-55 average so I've experienced the opposite of you. Yes, I like being able to download multiple items but with PS4 downloads being as slower as they are (in my experience) It's easier for me to queue downloads on my XB1 and leave it on instant on, wish Sony would fix that
@TheGreatGamer It's just laughable that people still try to dismiss this problem. I'm a huge Playstation fan but there is a clear problem with the download speeds. Everyone I know personally has the same problem. Speeds are incredibly inconsistent and getting close to full speed is very rare for me. I have a 350Mbps connection and download games from Steam in an instant... If some of you don't have this problem then you're lucky but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Plenty of people are addressing the same thing over and over again so it's real! Don't know about the Xbox since I don't own one..
crap network prices increase is a joke but every consumer should buy there gold or ps plus else were tbh its always cheaper else were.
PS4 price cut incoming? Usually when companies drop a price, they raise it elsewhere on another product to soften the blow.
But the goal is profit, not offsetting. I doubt that the quarterly subscription prices are related to the PS4 hardware price. They would have raised the price of PS+ across the board if that was the case.
I'll be very surprised if the PS4 doesn't price drop for the holidays, but I don't think this change is related.
Sony already said they weren't dropping the price of the PS4 this year. Mainly because the system is still selling like hotcakes at the current price. Sony wants to continue to make a profit on the system for as long as they can. The PSPlus price increase definitely sucks though.
If you're waiting for PS4 price drop to get it, then you probably gonna a quite while there lol
Not waiting, I've had my PS4 for ages. I just expect a price drop and a big Star Wars Battlefront ad campaign to be their holiday season push.
I'm in NA but I feel for you guys in EU. That really sucks.. but look on the bright side, at least Sony is only increasing the 3 month subscription and not the one year subscription.
People here are bitching about a price rise that probably does not affect them and in any case only affects those who buy the PS Plus sub on a quarterly basis. There are many deals around where you can get a whole year for less than the stated price. If you don't like the hike, give your business to someone else who gives you the kind of value you want.
Only the quarterly and only in Europe? That's very strange. :I Maybe they are using this as an incentive to get the yearly sub.
I would have thought that people would have gone for the yearly anyway. You buy a games console and it serves you for years..so why be online for only a few months out of the year? just buy a yearly and go online whenever you want, while not missing out on any free games. EDIT: "I'm guessing some people don't care about free games and some of them only buy 1 or 2 games with multiplayer that they play. In that case a 3 month subscription would make sense." True. I dont play online everyday, but I couldnt do short term subs. when the itch takes me to play online, It means punching in the credit card details all over again. I just buy my XBL sub on amazon. I bout three @ £29 each. Covered for the next few years ;)
I'm guessing some people don't care about free games and some of them only buy 1 or 2 games with multiplayer that they play. In that case a 3 month subscription would make sense. Having multiple options isn't a bad thing.
So you don't buy subscriptions for PS+? No idea why you dragged Xbox into this because the article is about PlayStation plus. Anyways PlayStation subscriptions can be bought cheaply if you look for deals. I managed to get mine for only 30€ for a 1 year subscription and that isn't a bad deal. Edit: Do you own a PS4? Because if your relative owned the system and has a PlayStation plus subscription it would make sense why you never buy a subscription.
"So you don't buy subscriptions for PS+?" My current PS+ Expires in november. That will mark two years of PSN for me. As i said I dont buy short term subs. "No idea why you dragged Xbox into this because the article is about PlayStation plus. " Purely for example of HOW i buy my subs. I have been buying XBL for far longer, so Im just used to referencing that one..that is all. Not some kind of undrhanded mind game.Relax.as for any other mess regarding bringing up xbox on a PSN thread...I suggest you take a look at the posts above. Playstation fans on N4G dont need my help bringing up xbox in PS related articles. Im just saying, is all. "Do you own a PS4? Because if your relative owned the system and has a PlayStation plus subscription it would make sense why you never buy a subscription." Where are you getting this Idea from that I never paid for PSN? Baffled....I just stated that I have been using the service since PS4 UK launch.
I only said that because it appeared that you didn't know the various payment methods for PlayStation plus. But I'm glad you explained yourself. In my opinion we all need to relax. You really shouldn't assume that everyone is out to get you on this website.
Damn, that's expensive in Europe.
So it's just the 3 month option that is increasing, well doesn't affect me, but kinda BS, I'm guessing they want more yearly subs.
So does this mean its now 16.99 for the UK for 3 months ?
It's £14.99 now.
Pff, very disappointing
Thank you. Yes this is disappointing. Not disgusting, outrageous or something that Sony needs blowing up for like some drama queens are proclaiming 😂
It part of their marketing strategy to increase yearly sup
Wtf Sony...........pricks. I buy 3-month subscription all the time................that's unacceptable, especially since PSN goes down so often.
So often??? It only went down 6 times this year what I remembered, and that was for less than 6 hours at a time. Your acting like it was off for weeks on end..
Yh and Xbox live this week was down 3 times
Don't give me this fanboy spin ok? I've been with Playstation since day 1, when you were probably still on breast milk diet. I own all PS consoles, but this price increase is bullshit, especially since PSN stability is worse than on ps3 - and psn was free there. As soon as I see Sony getting too cocky or arrogant I can make a switch or at least not buy ps plus. I'm not gonna be loyal to no company just cause Playstation is so popular.