We’ve all been waiting to see what PlayStation’s move will be to combat Xbox Game Pass and it looks like we now have our first details courtesy of Bloomberg.
The outlet is reporting that Sony is working on a new subscription service which is currently codenamed Spartacus. It will merge PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now and reportedly include three tiers.
The first tier would be similar to what PlayStation Plus is now (offering a few monthly free games), with the second tier offering a large catalogue of PS4 and PS5 games (presumably expanding on the PlayStation Plus collection). The third tier would include the previously mentioned inclusions as well as a library of PS1, PS2, PS3 & PSP games as well as extended demos and game streaming.
This new service will reportedly be available on the PS4 and PS5 and release in Autumn 2022. As expected, it will not feature Sony’s AAA first-party offering at launch, so don’t expect the likes of Horizon Forbidden West or Gran Turismo 7 to be there when they launch next year.
Hopefully we’ll actually see this new service launch in Australia, and it makes sense as to why the PlayStation Now roll out has been so slow, if indeed Sony is working on a brand new service.
Whilst we don’t think that PlayStation will have a hard time continuing to sell its big AAA games day one, it’s no secret that the company needs something to combat Xbox Game Pass, which is no doubt changing the landscape before our eyes. Just in the last few months alone we’ve seen the likes of Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 & Age of Empires 4 all release on the service alongside countless third-party games. We’ll keep you posted on this as we learn more about it most likely in the earlier stages of next year.