It was announced earlier this week that, for the first time since its inception in 2010, PlayStation Plus would be getting a price hike. The change doesn’t take effect until September 22nd, but the price increases are as follows: for a year of PlayStation Plus, the price jumps from $50 to $60, for a three-month subscription the increase is from $18 to $25, and 30-day subscriptions will stay static at $10.
Sony said they were bringing the prices into the current market conditions (e.g.: Xbox Live Gold’s long standing prices), and that makes sense…provided a few things improve along with those costs.
I may be in the minority, but I wasn’t upset by the price hike. Sure, that raises the yearly cost 20%, but PlayStation Plus has always been worth it for me. Being able to play online with others has become a large part of my gaming experience. Having that play behind the paywall will ensure that I’m a PlayStation Plus member for the foreseeable future.
The “free” games Plus offers each month are a welcome bonus, no matter if I like them or not. I don’t subscribe to Plus because of the free games, but I’ve often been pleasantly surprised by them. Perhaps it’s just my memory, but I seem to recall that the games on offer used to be a little more than the seemingly indie fare of late. When the PS4 was early in its life cycle, I assumed that would be the case, but now we are years in, and we are still seeing mostly indie titles. I’m sure it would be appreciated by the masses if a few more AAA titles were thrown into the mix.
Now then, all that being said, I’m hoping a couple of things change a bit. Sure, the price hike doesn’t make me want to subscribe any less, but I’m hoping some better performance is part of that price change.
As many of us know, the PlayStation Network (PSN) isn’t perfect. For my part I’ve seen out of the blue NAT errors (that magically go away when restarting), messages that don’t go through for long periods of time or, sometimes, at all. Time stamps on messages I’ve literally just sent being time stamped as 7 minutes ago or, sometimes, much longer. I’ve seen various issues with party chats (and I love party chats). I’d like to be able to remove some of the tiles from my menu (all those channels I will never need or want).
My list of minor quibbles goes on.
Basically, I’d love to see the PSN become a little more stable.
If the price change pulls it even with Xbox Live Gold, then I’d like to see the same stability as with Xbox Live Gold. And, honestly, Gold has an edge here with their offerings for both 360 and the One playable on the newer hardware through backwards compatibility. Unless Sony dropped a similar bombshell of backwards compatibility, Gold will always have more free games on offer for current gen users.
Something to think about.
As a subscriber to both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, I see the good and bad points of both. Sure, I take advantage of Plus more often, but, since I play games online on both consoles, both are necessary for me. I don’t love arbitrarily paying more for a service, but I do hope this means that Sony will be investing some of that increased revenue into their servers.
In the meantime, I will be buying a couple of years of Plus in advance to avoid that hike before September 22nd.
How do you feel about the price increase? Will you be keeping PS Plus? Or will you be ceasing your service? I’d be interested to find out and discuss.