Sony announced that the cost of PlayStation Plus will increase in North America in September.
Beginning on September 22, the cost of a full-year subscription of Playstation Plus will now cost $59.99 ($69.99 CAD), a $10 increase over the previous price of $49.99. Likewise, the price will increase to $24.99 ($29.99 CAD) for a three-month subscription.
“PlayStation Plus strives to enrich your PlayStation experience through a world-class service built for our fans,” Sony wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. As a member, you will continue to enjoy the benefits and features that enable shared experiences, such as online multiplayer, free games, and exclusive discounts. You will also continue to get exclusive benefits such as online game save storage and discounts across the PlayStation digital services.”
You can still renew your PlayStation Plus subscription prior to the date effective for the price increase. To avoid getting charged the new amount after September 22, Sony recommends turning off auto-renewal in the account settings.
Free PlayStation Plus games for the month of August included Tricky Towers, Rebel Galaxy, Yakuza 5, Retro/Grade, Patapon 3, and Ultratron.