Rumours have been ramping up in recent months with Bloomberg recently reporting that PlayStation is set to merge PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now with a new service that’s currently codenamed “Project Sparticus”
Xbox Head Phil Spencer has weighed in, this morning speaking to IGN, going on to say that he thinks that a PlayStation Game Pass type service is inevitable and the way of the future.
In response to being asked about PlayStation’s rumoured Sparticus service, Spencer said “I don’t mean it to sound like we’ve got it all figured out, but I think the right answer is allowing your customers to play the games they wanna play, where they wanna play them, and giving them choice about how they build their library, and being transparent with them about what our plans are in terms of our PC initiatives and our cross-gen initiatives and other things.
“So when I hear others doing things like Game Pass or coming to PC, it makes sense to me because I think that’s the right answer.”
“I like it because it feeds our energy on what are the next things that we should be working on as we continue to build out the things that we’ve done in the past. Because I think the right answer is to ship great games, ship them on PC, ship them on console, ship them on cloud, make them available Day 1 in the subscription. And I expect that’s what our competitor will do.” continued Spencer.
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.