This new service, which is codenamed Spartacus, would have three tiers. One would offer current PlayStation Plus perks, another would include a catalog of PS4 and “eventually” PS5 games, and a third would have “extended demos, game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games,” Bloomberg reports, adding that it’s “likely” to be available on PlayStation 4 as well as the PS5. The company would launch the service in the spring.
According to Bloomberg, Sony is aiming to launch an Xbox Game Pass-style membership service. PlayStation Plus (which is necessary for the bulk of online multiplayer games) and PlayStation Now (which offers a catalogue of titles to download or stream) are already available from the firm, and they will apparently be combined in this new product. Sony will most likely preserve the PlayStation Plus brand, but “phase away” PlayStation Now, according to reporter Jason Schreier on Twitter.
Sony didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from The Verge. Bloomberg adds that some details of the service, including its membership tiers, may not yet be finalized.
SONY’S SERVICE COULD RUN ON MICROSOFT’S CLOUD PLATFORM.
The company is also “putting resources into expanding its efforts in cloud gaming,” Bloomberg reported, perhaps to keep up with efforts like Nvidia’s RTX 3080 tier of GeForce Now and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X upgrade for xCloud. However, it’s unclear if Spartacus would run on Microsoft Azure following the deal signed between Microsoft and Sony in 2019; if it does, it would mean that Sony’s service runs on the same platform as its competitor.
This new Spartacus service sounds like it would put Sony on par with Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which allows people to play online multiplayer, access a huge library of titles from Microsoft and other companies, and stream games from the cloud. Sony also appears to be emulating Microsoft’s approach to offer multiple tiers of services — only the $15 per month Game Pass Ultimate plan offers cloud gaming, for example.
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