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Sony Group Corp.’s PlayStation division is planning a new subscription service to compete with rival Microsoft Corp.’s popular Xbox Game Pass, according to people familiar with Sony’s plans and documents reviewed by Bloomberg.

The service, code-named Spartacus, will allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a catalog of modern and classic games, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press about the plans. The offering will likely be available on the smash hit PlayStation 4, which has sold more than 116 million units, and its elusive successor, the PlayStation 5, which launched more than a year ago but is still difficult to buy due to supply chain issues.

When it launches, expected in the spring, the service will merge Sony’s two existing subscription plans, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Currently, PlayStation Plus is required for most online multiplayer games and offers free monthly titles, while PlayStation Now allows users to stream or download older games. Documents reviewed by Bloomberg suggest that Sony plans to retain the PlayStation Plus branding but phase out PlayStation Now.

Details on Spartacus may still not be finalized, but documentation reviewed by Bloomberg outlines a service with three tiers. The first would include existing PlayStation Plus benefits. The second would offer a large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games. The third tier would add extended demos, game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games. A representative for PlayStation didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Source: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/playstation-...-1.1690849

I doubt it'll manage to compete with Game Pass due to the lack of day one titles, but I think the merging of PS+ and PS Now is a good idea since there's really no point to have them detached from one another. The backwards compatibility stuff intrigues me, but I won't hold my breath for a good lineup that's worth the money considering how lackluster the lineup was for the PlayStation Classic. If this comes to fruition though I think that leaves Xbox as the only system that offers backwards compatibility across their entire library without charging an extra fee. Hmm
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Bloomberg Wrote:
Sony Group Corp.’s PlayStation division is planning a new subscription service to compete with rival Microsoft Corp.’s popular Xbox Game Pass, according to people familiar with Sony’s plans and documents reviewed by Bloomberg.

The service, code-named Spartacus, will allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a catalog of modern and classic games, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press about the plans. The offering will likely be available on the smash hit PlayStation 4, which has sold more than 116 million units, and its elusive successor, the PlayStation 5, which launched more than a year ago but is still difficult to buy due to supply chain issues.

When it launches, expected in the spring, the service will merge Sony’s two existing subscription plans, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Currently, PlayStation Plus is required for most online multiplayer games and offers free monthly titles, while PlayStation Now allows users to stream or download older games. Documents reviewed by Bloomberg suggest that Sony plans to retain the PlayStation Plus branding but phase out PlayStation Now.

Details on Spartacus may still not be finalized, but documentation reviewed by Bloomberg outlines a service with three tiers. The first would include existing PlayStation Plus benefits. The second would offer a large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games. The third tier would add extended demos, game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games. A representative for PlayStation didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Source: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/playstation-...-1.1690849

I doubt it'll manage to compete with Game Pass due to the lack of day one titles, but I think the merging of PS+ and PS Now is a good idea since there's really no point to have them detached from one another. The backwards compatibility stuff intrigues me, but I won't hold my breath for a good lineup that's worth the money considering how lackluster the lineup was for the PlayStation Classic. If this comes to fruition though I think that leaves Xbox as the only system that offers backwards compatibility across their entire library without charging an extra fee. Hmm
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While Sony won't offer new titles day 1 on this, it could still easily curb stomp gamepass if Sony is smart and puts the right PS1 and PS2 games on the service. Sony's legacy titles can completely destroy anything Microsoft can counter with, and people will go nuts for being able to play PS1/PS2 games on their PS4s and PS5s. Add in the fact that this will (if the leaks are true) have PS3 AND PSP games as well drastically increases the quality of this service.

There are still a lot of PS1 and PS2 games that aren't accessible any more, and people will gladly jump at this service to get them. Sony is going to give a service that people will jump all over for nostalgia, while keeping their day 1 hit sales, while Xbox sacrifices so many of those sales by putting games on Game Pass day 1.

I would gladly subscribe to the third tier of this service to the ability to play PSP games on my PS4/PS5. Especially since so many of them are impossible to find any more. Persona 3 Portable on my PS5? Yes pleeeeeeeease.
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While Sony won't offer new titles day 1 on this, it could still easily curb stomp gamepass if Sony is smart and puts the right PS1 and PS2 games on the service. Sony's legacy titles can completely destroy anything Microsoft can counter with, and people will go nuts for being able to play PS1/PS2 games on their PS4s and PS5s. Add in the fact that this will (if the leaks are true) have PS3 AND PSP games as well drastically increases the quality of this service.

There are still a lot of PS1 and PS2 games that aren't accessible any more, and people will gladly jump at this service to get them. Sony is going to give a service that people will jump all over for nostalgia, while keeping their day 1 hit sales, while Xbox sacrifices so many of those sales by putting games on Game Pass day 1.

I would gladly subscribe to the third tier of this service to the ability to play PSP games on my PS4/PS5. Especially since so many of them are impossible to find any more. Persona 3 Portable on my PS5? Yes pleeeeeeeease.
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I just realised that I could actually try some games from the PSP I never had the chance to provided they end up in the service. I'm surprised Vita isn't being put in the service too since Sony stopped supporting it ages ago and I don't think they even produce those systems anymore do they?
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I just realised that I could actually try some games from the PSP I never had the chance to provided they end up in the service. I'm surprised Vita isn't being put in the service too since Sony stopped supporting it ages ago and I don't think they even produce those systems anymore do they?
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I think its a good idea by them, but I'm honestly not too interested in a gaming streaming service mainly becuse if I'm honest with you Netflix had it appeals but as more and more of these things pop up the more I groan at the sight of another one.  Errm
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I think its a good idea by them, but I'm honestly not too interested in a gaming streaming service mainly becuse if I'm honest with you Netflix had it appeals but as more and more of these things pop up the more I groan at the sight of another one.  Errm
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Sony is currently pulling all PS Now subscription cards from stores in the UK, and had actually already been doing this in the US at the end of last year (yet somehow only the former made the news), so it looks like this new service is definitely happening. I wonder when they'll announce it though? Hmm

Also thinking on it I guess Vita games can't come over because of the back touch pad, since that can't be replicated on a controller. It's a shame because there's probably a lot of great games on there that just never got huge traction because of how poorly Sony supported the system. Eh
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Sony is currently pulling all PS Now subscription cards from stores in the UK, and had actually already been doing this in the US at the end of last year (yet somehow only the former made the news), so it looks like this new service is definitely happening. I wonder when they'll announce it though? Hmm

Also thinking on it I guess Vita games can't come over because of the back touch pad, since that can't be replicated on a controller. It's a shame because there's probably a lot of great games on there that just never got huge traction because of how poorly Sony supported the system. Eh
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