PlayStation Plus getting massive price hikes in South Africa

Sony is increasing the prices of its PlayStation Plus gaming subscription service from September 6, 2023. The price hikes will apply to all three plans: Essential, Extra, and Premium (Deluxe in South Africa).

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In the US, the 12-month Essential plan will cost $79.99, up $20 from its current price of $59.99. The Extra plan will cost $134.99 per year, up $35 from $99.99, and the Premium plan will increase from $119.99 to $159.99.

The price hikes represent a 30-40% increase on a percentage basis. However, Sony says that the new prices for the 12-month subscription will still offer a discount over the 1-month or 3-month plans. For example, in the US, the 12-month Premium plan will still offer a 26% discount over the 1-month option.

Sony has said that already purchased annual plans will not get any price adjustments until they are due for renewal. The existing prices will also remain available until September 5, 2023, so those who want to benefit from the current discounts can still buy an annual plan until then.

In South Africa, the price hikes will be even steeper. The PS Plus Essential 12-month plan will be hiked from R749 to R949, Extra will increase from R1,239 to R1,609, and Deluxe will cost R1,879 instead of R1,429. That works out to respective price increases of 27%, 30%, and 31%.

The table below summarises the current and new pricing of the PlayStation Plus plans in South Africa.

Sony said that the price increases are necessary to “continue investing in the best possible gaming experience for our users.”

The company also said that it will be offering a number of benefits to existing subscribers to help offset the price increases, including:

  • A free 30-day trial of the new PlayStation Plus Deluxe plan
  • A discount on the new annual pricing
  • Early access to new games