PlayStation Plus membership cost to jump in September

$10 more for a year, $7 more for three months in the United States. Canada gets hit a bit harder.

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Beginning on September 22, Sony will be raising the membership prices of PlayStation Plus in North America, with Canada getting hit a bit harder than U.S. players. 

The new yearly fee will be $59.99 ($69.99 Canadian), up from $49.99, while the three month renewal will jump to $24.99 ($29.99 Canadian), up from $17.99. The monthly billing rate will remain at $9.99 for U.S. resident, but rise by $2 in Canada to $11.99.

"The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members," Sony said in a July 27 blog post, noting that it was the first price increase since teh service launched in 2010. Members won't  see the change until their scheduled bill is due after September 22, and can turn off the auto-renewal function on their account if they do not want to continue their membership. If you renew before that date, you will be charged current prices. Of course, if you want to keep playing multiplayer, you will need to renew.

What is interesting is that Sony decided to slip this announcement in on a post that was dated almost a month ago, revealing the free games coming for August, and not in a separate post. It isn't clear if other regions wlll be getting hit with an increase or not.

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    August 22, 2016 10:22 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, PlayStation Plus membership cost to jump in September

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      August 22, 2016 10:24 AM

      So download speeds are going to get better with this price hike right? ;^)

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      August 22, 2016 10:30 AM

      Fuck that, how about 2 tier service, one without "free games" which we basically rent anyway, and just the online component.

      And one with rent games....

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        August 22, 2016 11:04 AM

        I let mine go a few months ago. Its just not worth the shit games they offer. And I don't really play alot or online multiplayer like I do on PC.

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          August 22, 2016 11:07 AM

          I was going to let mine drop and then I forgot to turn off auto renew and now I have it for another year of shit "free" games.

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            August 22, 2016 11:10 AM

            Free, aka rent to own for life. Even if you could still play without online, rocket league (one of the few decent games they've had on it) would still be useless in single player.

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              August 22, 2016 11:13 AM

              Rocket league was the only game they gave away last year that I played more than an hour.

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        August 22, 2016 11:38 AM

        I get more than my money's worth out of the additional PSN+ discounts on purchased games...the occasional free game that tickles my fancy is just the creampie on top.

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      August 22, 2016 10:37 AM

      who honestly pays retail price for PS+ anyway. They are regularly on sale for $35 for a year. Retail is what like $50 or $60 now? It's an idiot tax for not shopping around.

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      August 22, 2016 10:48 AM

      This means the Instant Game Collection titles are going to get better, right? RIGHT???

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      August 22, 2016 10:49 AM

      UK not far behind, I bet.

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      August 22, 2016 11:17 AM

      "exceptional value"

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      August 22, 2016 11:53 AM

      A price RISE? Holy shit. I was hoping they would drop the price. I guess I'll just never play Uncharted 4 multiplayer.

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        August 22, 2016 12:19 PM

        Eh, you can get by just getting PSN cards when they're on sale. I bought a few year cards back when they were around 30$, I still have a few years saved up on my account, and they go on sale often enough to where you shouldn't get close to running out of paid time.

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          August 22, 2016 12:20 PM

          Ditto. No reason to get it full price.

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          August 22, 2016 12:31 PM

          Seems Xbox Live cards are on sale a lot more often than PS Plus. I reached their limit on Xbox Live Gold time banked

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            August 22, 2016 12:45 PM

            Yeah it seems that way. I was still able to get a decent buildup of PS+ time though, I've seen it go on sale a few times since I bought them about a year ago.

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      August 22, 2016 12:21 PM

      I was already planning to let my sub lapse, the PS+ free games have been complete crap for the last year or two, it's sad that the 30 or so games they've given away aren't even worth the $50 price of admission.

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      August 22, 2016 12:43 PM

      It seems that the prices stay the same in Europe, at least for now.

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      August 22, 2016 1:43 PM

      How much online storage do you get without PS+? I like that feature but maybe I can get by with less space.

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        August 22, 2016 1:47 PM

        Even with PS+ it's laughably small, I haven't been able to upload a save game in ages (I get annoying error messages every time I boot up my PS4).

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          August 22, 2016 1:58 PM

          I've never noticed an issue with the amount you get with PS+ but if I cancel I'd probably need to manage it more.

          Looks like 1GB or 10GB for PS+.
          https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2015/09/01/find-out-what-new-features-are-coming-in-ps4-system-software-3-00/

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          August 22, 2016 1:58 PM

          It's 10GB now, I would say it's big enough. Was 1GB in the past.

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            August 22, 2016 2:02 PM

            It started off at 100mb when they first launched the service. It was only useful for copying save games that otherwise wouldn't let you copy them :(

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            August 22, 2016 2:03 PM

            wtf, how is it possible to have 10gb of saved games in the cloud? I play a decent number of games, but not *that* many. Are developers cramming other stuff into their save game files or something?

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          August 22, 2016 2:01 PM

          No that's some other weird error, actually. I had that once. You have to manually (lol) remove/delete all those notifications about space or whatever and then it will work again.

          Seriously.

          I'd be surprised if you actually filled up your storage since it's 10GB and I have literally never heard of anyone filling it.

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            August 22, 2016 2:02 PM

            I specifically remember this bcs you have to remove each one, one by one. It takes forever.

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            August 22, 2016 2:17 PM

            That is so goddamned dumb. I'll give that a shot, thanks

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          August 22, 2016 2:07 PM

          Didn't they bump it to 10gb last year?

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      August 22, 2016 2:08 PM

      http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=35343589#item_35343589

      I think this is probably the most unknown aspect of PS+

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      August 22, 2016 2:21 PM

      I have a stack of year long subscription cards. I hope there's no change in that regard.

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      August 22, 2016 3:06 PM

      I started thinking seriously about building a new PC when the news about PlayStation Neo dropped. Started buying parts a week ago, and after this I'm more convinced I'm making a good decision.

      I had a really good experience gaming on my PS4 the past couple years, but if console hardware is going the way of mobile phones AND they're going to start pricing increases with their online services, it doesn't make sense to me to stay when I'm working with a budget. The whole advantage to consoles, in my mind, was the ability to keep up with modern releases without playing the upgrade game. At this point it seems better to upgrade some PC components every couple years and save on the premiums associated with online services specific to consoles, which now seems to be approaching a $400 dollar hardware refresh every few years.

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        August 22, 2016 9:12 PM

        And PC games are a third cheaper than console games.

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      August 22, 2016 10:01 PM

      Bye bye then!

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      August 23, 2016 1:18 AM

      Can't I just buy them now at the current price from Amazon and redeem them when I want, or even redeem them all now. I think they add on top of one another.

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        August 23, 2016 4:28 AM

        Yep they stack. Also get them when they are on sale. There will still continue to be sales, they just might be for $48 instead of $38 now.