PlayStation Plus is getting more expensive

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// Sony's annual subscription just went up in price
Fergus Halliday
Aug 31, 2023
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Published on August 30, 2023

PlayStation Plus subscribers are facing a steep price hike this month, with Sony announcing plans to increase the cost of its gaming subscription service.

While the month-to-month price of PlayStation Plus isn't changing, the cost of subscribing to each of the three tiers on a 12-month annual subscription is going up.

In Australia, the price of a 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus Essential is rising from $79.95 to $95.95. The cost of a 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus Extra is also going up from $134.95 to $169.95.

Last but not least, the 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus Deluxe is getting the biggest bump of all. It's going up from $154.95 to $196.95. That's a solid $40 more than it would have cost you to sign up last week.

Surprisingly, the official line from Sony on these price hikes doesn't mention inflation. Instead, Sony's director for Content Acquisitions & Operations Adam Michel chalked the move up as a necessary step towards the improvement of the services the company provides.

"This price adjustment will enable us to continue bringing high-quality games and value-added benefits to your PlayStation Plus subscription service."

One of the only silver linings here is that these annual PlayStation Plus subscriptions will still offer some savings over their 1-month and 1-month counterparts. For example, sticking with the PlayStation Plus Essential tier for a year on a month-to-month plan works out to be $143.40.

In addition, those who are already on an annual plan won't be shunted onto the new rate unless they upgrade, downgrade or cancel their existing subscription. So long as you stick around, Sony won't charge you a cent more. Until you need to renew anyway.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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