Sony is taking out a new PlayStation subscription designed to give the platform its own Xbox Game Pass-like service, which is slated to roll out next spring. Bloomberg Reports.
The current plan appears to be to combine PlayStation’s cloud-based gaming service PlayStation Now with PlayStation Plus’ monthly free game offerings, with the former being scrapped in favor of the latter’s more prominent branding. According to internal Sony documents viewed by Bloomberg, the monthly fee for this new subscription (codenamed Spartacus) gives players unlimited access to a library of modern and classic PlayStation games.
Kotaku contacted Sony for comment but didn’t hear anything prior to release.
Similar to the Xbox Game Pass, the Spartacus subscription will also come in different flavors depending on how much users are willing to spend. The cheapest tier should be very similar to the current PlayStation Plus service, the second tier will add PlayStation 4 and (possibly) PlayStation 5 games, and a third tier will offer advanced demos and game streaming as well as PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 , and even PlayStation Portable libraries.
Spartacus is expected to be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 as well, which means people who still haven’t been able to secure their own hard-to-find next-gen console from Sony won’t be left out in the rain.
Aside from chair analysis for timing, this is a no-brainer for Sony. First launched in 2017, Xbox Game Pass is the best Microsoft’s video game division has produced in decades, and it’s pulling in more than 18 million subscribers with its Netflix-like approach to gaming. With a much larger existing installation base across console generations, and an apparent hunger for this type of subscription model, Spartacus is sure to be a hit if Sony approaches its PlayStation plan with the same passion that Microsoft and Xbox do.
And honestly, every big company in this industry should give us more ways to legally play classic games at a reasonable price.