Sony announced in August that the price of PlayStation Plus will be increasing in the US and Canada. That price hike goes into effect tomorrow, September 22, making today your last chance to lock in a subscription at the existing rate.
A year-long membership currently costs $50, but that will jump up to $60–the same as Xbox Live Gold, following its 2010 price increase–beginning tomorrow. Three months will now cost $25, while the monthly plan remains the same $10 as always. In Canada, the prices will be $70 CAD for 12 months, $30 CAD for three months, and $12 CAD for one month.
You’ll only begin paying these new rates if you renew after today. That means you can lock in the existing price by resubscribing now. Unfortunately, none of the major retailers are offering a deal on Plus right now, but you can potentially save yourself an eventual $10 by locking into a year for the $50 price now.
No specific reason was cited for the price increase, which is the first one ever for Plus in the US or Canada. Similar to when the price was increased in the UK last year, Sony said, “The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members.”
Plus is required for online play in most PS4 games and offers discounts not available to standard PSN members. The highlight of Plus for many is the free lineup of games every month, but those are not yours to keep permanently–they require an active Plus subscription to play, which is another reason you might want to ensure your membership doesn’t lapse.