Sony is to ramp up the cost of its PlayStation Plus membership scheme from the end of next month.
Membership is needed to take advantage of the online multiplayer modes which form a core part of many games, but also provides perks such as discounts on selected titles.
The gaming giant is emailing customers to advise that an annual membership will soar from £39.99 to £49.99 per annum from August 31st with a quarterly membership rising from £14.99 to £19.99 and monthly from £5.99 to £6.99.
In the email, Sony says: “We will alter the price of a PlayStation Plus membership at 00:01 BST on 31 August 2017.
“As you are an existing member, this means that all recurring subscription fees payable by you on or after 31 August 2017 will be charged at the new price.
“Up until 31 August 2017, you may purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription at the current price, which will then be added (or “stacked on”) to your current membership period.
“If you don’t want to continue with PlayStation® Plus
“If you want to prevent your PlayStation® Plus membership continuing at the new price, you will need to cancel it – turn OFF “auto-renew” in your account settings at least 48 hours before your next payment on or after 31 August 2017 is due.
“There’s some guidance on how to cancel your membership on PlayStation.com.”