It was a couple of months ago that Microsoft announced price increases for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now Sony has also done the same with its similar PlayStation Plus service.
Specifically, the price increases on the PlayStation side are only for 12-month subs, with PlayStation Plus Essential jumping from $60 to $80, Extra going from $100 to $135 and Premium leaping from $120 to $160.
Sony says the move is necessary in order to "continue bringing high-quality games and value-added benefits".
"We also wanted to let you know that starting September 6 we will be increasing the price for PlayStation Plus 12-month subscriptions globally across all benefit plans. This price adjustment will enable us to continue bringing high-quality games and value-added benefits to your PlayStation Plus subscription service."
There are a lot of differences between Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus that make them not really worth comparing, but it is interesting that as of September 14th when the new Game Pass Core tier is introduced by Microsoft, the 12-month option will be $20 cheaper than its closest PS Plus alternative - the "Essential" tier.
Standard Xbox Game Pass is about the same price as PlayStation Plus Extra, but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate actually works out more expensive than PS Premium over 12 months - unless you can bag yourself a good discount of course.
The story here isn't really about how cheap or expensive each service is, but the fact that both of them have felt the need to raise prices within a short space of time. Hopefully this is the last we hear of similar price hikes in 2023!