Sony is planning on merging its PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus subscription plans into a subscription service that will see it rival Microsoft’s hugely successful Xbox Game Pass, Bloomberg reports. The new PlayStation subscription service is codenamed ‘Spartacus’ and it is set to launch this spring.
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass has been a big hit with more than 18 million subscribers so far making it possible for subscribers to stream and play a host of games from the cloud. Sony’s new Spartacus plan subscribers will have access huge library of games just like in Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and the service is expected to be available on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
While the new subscription plan from Sony is expected to merge PlayStation Plus required for online multiplayer and PlayStation Now required to stream games, Bloomberg suggests will eventually phase out PlayStation Now according to documents it reviewed. The new subscription plan which is expected to launch in the spring is expected to debut with three tiers – the first will include existing PlayStation Plus benefits, the second will offer a huge library of PS4 and PS5 games, while the third will add extended demos, game streaming alongside a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 console remains a hit in the market but it is still hard to get because of supply chain issues, the PlayStation 4 remains one of the best-selling consoles ever with more than 116 units sold to date but Sony is still lagging behind Microsoft in terms of subscription numbers despite all these successes. With Spartacus, Sony will be hoping to bridge that gap when it finally launches.