Europe escapes PlayStation Plus price increase

European gamers have escaped the PlayStation Plus membership price increase that will come into effect for subscribers in the U.S. and Canada in September.

While U.S. PS4, PS3 and PS Vita owners will have to pay more to get access to PlayStation Plus starting from September 22, there are no plans to make a similar increase in Europe, claims Game Reactor, who contacted Sony for clarification.

PlayStation Plus free games

PlayStation Plus currently allows owners of Sony’s two consoles and handheld to access online multiplayer games. By signing up, you also get free games each month and discounts on the PlayStation Store.

From September 22, U.S. and Canadian gamers will now have to pay $59.99 for yearly membership to the service, though there are other options for monthly and quarterly subscriptions.

It’s going to be interesting to see whether Sony will soften the blow of the increase by offering a triple-A title in its PlayStation Plus September line-up of free games.

It’s been quite a week of developments in the world of PlayStation with the PS4 Slim leak, and news of its release date. Sony plans to officially reveal the PS4 Slim at the PlayStation Meeting in New York on September 7, where it will also showcase its upgraded PS4 model, PS4 Neo.

Other PS4 news this week includes a huge PlayStation Store sale with hundreds of discounts, and the arrival of new competition on PSU where you can win a PlayStation Network card to spend on PSN games every month.