PlayStation Spartacus

PlayStation will launch new service to rival with Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation (a Sony division) will launch a new subscription gaming service, Spartacus, in the spring of 2022. It will combine PlayStation Now and PS Plus subscription plans and will be able to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.

The Bloomberg report (signed by the well-known journalist Jason Schreier) hinted at the possibility of monthly plans to access the catalogue of publications. Still, a source (inside the Japanese company) asked to keep his identity a secret. The website also says that he had access to documents with such information.

Sony plans to keep the PlayStation Plus brand but gradually abandon PlayStation Now. The new platform will allow Sony to compete with the famous and profitable subscription feature of the Game Pass catalogue for Xbox.

Xbox Game Pass provides users access to a catalogue of games from many publishers at a single monthly subscription price.

PlayStation Spartacus

In turn, Spartacus will allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a catalogue of modern and classic games. The offer is likely available on the popular PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The latest version, by the way, was released more than a year ago, but it is still difficult to buy due to supply chain problems.

As for how PlayStation Spartacus will work, the publication reports that the service will have three subscription options. The first is the current PlayStation Plus, and the second will open access to many different games for PS4 and PS5. The third level, which will be the most expensive, will give subscribers access to numerous games from the PlayStation past (PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP). In addition, the latest subscription option will allow you to play specific demo versions of future games.

Jason Schreier and the Bloomberg portal are very reliable sources. However, until Sony provides the proposed subscription service, it is better not to cause expectations. Then, we need to wait and see when the service will be launched and how widely it will be distributed. PS Now, for example, is not available in all world regions.

Competing with Microsoft

Microsoft has revolutionized the market with Game Pass and xCloud. The first one brings a vast portfolio of games from Xbox Studios and third-party manufacturers. The American company has also set a new standard for launching Xbox games on the first day. So you can play a new Xbox game like Forza Horizon 5 on the first day if you have an active subscription. The company also cooperates with several studios to present games on the service on the first day.
xCloud is a cloud gaming service that allows you to play a wide range of Game pass games with only an internet connection and a supported controller.

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