10 May 2022
Sony PlayStation has been the undisputed winner in the battle of consoles (in terms of sales) for years but there is one thing about Xbox consoles that even the die-hard PlayStation fans envy. It is the Xbox Game Pass subscription that provides a huge library of games and game streaming functionality to users in exchange for a fixed monthly fee. It seems like Sony is finally ready to bring something similar to PlayStation.
As per Bloomberg, Sony is working on a new PlayStation subscription service internally codenamed Spartacus. It is similar to Xbox Game Pass as it will offer subscribers a bunch of classic and modern games for a monthly fee. There is no doubt that the service will be available for the next-gen PlayStation 5 console but the good thing is that it is also said to release for PlayStation 4.
The new subscription service will also be a merger of Sony's existing subscriptions PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. The first one is a service that offers 2-3 free games each month. It is also required to play multiplayer games on the console. As for PS Now, it is a paid subscription for streaming games via the cloud.
The report adds that Spartacus will have three subscription tiers:
- First-tier will have all PlayStation Plus benefits
- Second-tier will offer a library of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games
- Third-tier will offer extended demos, game streaming, and a library of old-gen console games like PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable aka PSP
There are currently no words on the pricing details of these tiers. It is speculated that Sony will unveil the subscription service sometime during the spring of the next year.