You may not have to wait much longer to see Sony’s response to Microsoft’s Game Pass. Bloomberg sources claim that Sony will launch its rumored service “Spartacus” next week, which combines access to PlayStation Now games and online PlayStation Plus features. The service is launching with a “smashing” collection of recent hit games, the tipsters said, but you may not see blockbuster games arrive on the service the same day they are available for purchase. Don’t expect to play the upcoming God of War Ragnarok right away.
There were no new leaks for pricing. Bloomberg previously mentioned three tiers that would include a $10 per month Essential offering that is identical to PlayStation Plus, an additional $13 tier with access to a Game Pass-esque catalog of “hundreds” of downloadable games, and a Premium Tier of $16 that adds PlayStation Now game streaming and game trials.
Spartacus may not be vital to Sony’s bottom line. PlayStation console sales still far outperform Xbox, with Ampere Analysis estimating PS5 numbers were 1.6 times higher than for the Xbox Series X/S in 2021. However, Game Pass is quickly becoming a major selling point for become the Xbox – a monthly fee provides access to a growing selection of games, including blockbusters like Halo Infinite. The PlayStation equivalent may make Game Pass less attractive and prevent some players from switching platforms.
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