It’s been rumored that Sony wants to challenge Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass with an upgraded tiered subscription service, codenamed “Spartacus.” Sony’s new service will combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now and will likely retain the PlayStation Plus branding while PlayStation Now will be phased out.
According to recent theverge
reports, Sony will announce the “Spartacus” project, a new game subscription service, as soon as this week. It will include some recent new games, but the upcoming tentpole game God of War: Ragnarok
is not among them.
It is understood that Sony’s new tiered subscription service will be divided into three tiers: the first tier is basically the current PlayStation Plus; the second tier will combine PlayStation Plus with some of PlayStation Now’s current features, adding PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, and the ability to “access extended demos and stream games over the network”; the third tier (Premium) will include a library of classic games for consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and PSP, in addition to all the features in the second tier.
However, many players believe that Sony’s new game subscription service cannot be compared with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, for three reasons: one is that some Xbox and PC games in Xbox Game Pass can be played from the date of release, and Sony should not be able to synchronize; the second is that Xbox Game Pass not only includes Microsoft’s own games but also other third-party games. In contrast, Sony mainly owns its own games; the third is that Sony is too reliant on older games on the massive PlayStation platform rather than the latest hits.