PlayStation Game Pass Rival Coming Next Spring

Jason Schreier of Bloomberg has claimed in a new report that Sony’s rival Xbox Game Pass is expected to launch in the spring of 2022.

Earlier this year, reports first surfaced that Sony was actively working on a Game Pass rival when the former god of war creator David Jaffe claimed he had heard about the company’s “counterpunch” on Microsoft’s popular subscription service. While Sony Interactive Entertainment’s chief executive officer Jim Ryan has previously said a Game Pass-esque subscription model wouldn’t work for PlayStation, he did say Sony was working on some sort of response and “news would be coming.”

According to Bloomberg, the PlayStation service is codenamed Spartacus and will be charged a monthly fee to access a library of classic and modern video games. The service will be available on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Bloomberg has seen documents and spoke to sources familiar with the matter, who also revealed to the publication that when Spartacus launches, Sony will “merge” PlayStation Plus and PlayStation. . Now with you. Apparently Sony wants to keep PlayStation Plus, but “phase out” PlayStation Now.

While nothing is set in stone yet, the aforementioned documents suggest three tiers for Spartacus: one that includes existing PlayStation Plus benefits with games, one that simply offers a large library of PS4 and PS5 games, and one that offers “extensive demos.” , game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games” to the mix on top of an extensive game library.

Last but not least, Sony is reportedly making an effort to expand cloud gaming.

The company declined to comment on Bloomberg’s report.

[Source: Bloomberg]