Sony’s new PlayStation subscription service will be announced as soon as next week, Bloomberg reports. Codename ‘Spartacus’, the project has been in development for a while and it’s Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s hugely successful Xbox Game Pass. PlayStation continues to outsell the Xbox but Microsoft is winning in the streaming service department with its Game Pass service currently having more than 25 million subscribers.
The new PlayStation subscription service will unite the PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus services under one umbrella. Sony will reportedly debut the new service with a juicy lineup of its recent hit games and subscribers will have the option to choose from multiple tiers. The first tier will include existing PlayStation Plus benefits, the second tier will offer a huge library of PS4 and PS5 games, while the third tier and the most expensive will add extended demos, game streaming over the internet, alongside a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass gives subscribers access to new titles the same day the games are on sale in stores, and this is one of what makes it attractive for subscribers. According to Bloomberg, Sony’s new PlayStation subscription service will not offer PlayStation’s biggest titles the same day they go on sale, this means the upcoming God of War Ragnarok will not be part of the lineup at launch.
When Sony’s ‘Spartacus’ subscription finally launches next week, the pricing for the tiers has to be competitive. Microsoft Xbox Game Pass offers hundreds of games monthly for $10.