PlayStation Plus subscribers in the UK and Europe have woken up to a rather unappealing email this morning which says that Sony's going to increase PlayStation Plus prices starting from the 31st August. Needless to say, people already have their pitchforks out on social media.

In the UK, the price changes are as follows:

  • Annually, the price will change from £39.99 to £49.99 per annum.
  • Quarterly, the price will change from £14.99 to £19.99 per quarter.
  • Monthly, the price will change from £5.99 to £6.99 per month.

In the rest of Europe, the price changes are as follows:

  •  Annually, the price will change from ‎€49.99 to ‎€59.99 per annum.
  • Quarterly, the price will change from ‎€19.99 to ‎€24.99 per quarter.
  • Monthly, the price will change from ‎€6.99 to ‎€7.99 per month.

Of course, the price was increased in North America and Canada last year, so this jump in Europe doesn't come as a massive surprise. That said, Sony did state that it had no plans to bump up the price in Europe, but clearly things have changed.

It's worth pointing out that if you do renew your subscription before the 31st August then you'll pay the usual price. In other words, if you had planned on renewing in the future, you may want to get it done before the price increase. This'll work even if you're still subscribed -- the extra time is simply added on to your existing subscription.

So, what are your thoughts on all this? Blame Just Cause 3 in the comments section below.

Update: PlayStation Plus prices are also increasing in Australia. Here's how that works:

  •  Annually, the price will change from ‎$69.95 to ‎$79.95 per annum.
  • Quarterly, the price will change from ‎$27.95 to ‎$33.95 per quarter.
  • Monthly, the price will change from ‎$9.95 to ‎$10.95 per month.