Our gaming brothers and sisters in Europe are feeling the annoyance that US PlayStation gamers felt this time last year when the price for a year's subscription to PlayStation Plus went up from $50 to $60. We've gotten over it by now and have been paying $60 for some time whether we like it or not, but this morning European PlayStation gamers woke up to a rather unpleasant email.
The email started out by announcing that PlayStation Plus prices "are changing." Change, as I'm sure you're aware, always indicates a hike in price, and never a decrease in price. A yearly subscription is going from £39.99 to £49.99. "We will alter the price of a PlayStation Plus membership at 00:01 BST on 31 August 2017," the email stated. "As you are an existing member, this means that all recurring subscription fees payable by you on or after 31 August 2017 will be charged at the new price. up until 31 August 2017, you may purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription at the current price, which will then be added (or 'stacked on') to your current membership period."
A 20-25% increase in subscription price is pretty significant, and it really makes you wonder what we've been given in exchange. On one hand, you could simply wave this off as inflation. Heck, ever since Xbox Live launched with the original Xbox, one-year memberships were $40-50. On the other hand, with such a significant hike in price you'd expect Sony to appease players by assuring us that the higher entry fee is justified by new features. We've not received any such appeasement, and that's left gamers in a pretty sour spot.
At any rate, there's nothing we can do. The price hike in the US was accompanied by weeks of incredible moaning and wailing, but now things have evened out and we're used to it. If you're living in a European country, then we assume you'll go through the same stages of grief and acceptance. But hey, at least we have a great month of PS Plus free games to look forward to. Do you think the service is worth the price?