According to reports, Sony is working on its own version of Game Pass
According to a Bloomberg report, Sony is planning to launch a new subscription game service similar to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass. The service is expected to launch in spring 2022.
The service, codenamed Spartacus, will combine the existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now plans into a single package. According to documents reviewed by the site, the PlayStation Plus branding will be kept while PlayStation Now is phased out. PlayStation Now is used to stream or download a variety of older PlayStation games, while PlayStation Plus is required for most online gaming on PlayStation consoles and offers a selection of free monthly games.
The details of the new service are still being worked out, but according to the report, the current plan is for a three-tier service: The first tier will be similar to PlayStation Plus; the second tier will include access to a selection of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games; and the third tier will include extended demos, game streaming, and access to PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.
While nothing has been confirmed, it's not surprising that Sony is considering expanding its subscription-based game library. Xbox Game Pass is a fantastic deal for gamers right now, and it's also a huge success for Microsoft, with over 20 million subscribers estimated. That's 20 million people giving Microsoft money every month, which is a nice, steady revenue stream by any measure, and it's a big draw for future console buyers that Sony can't match right now.
To ensure the largest possible number of potential users, the service is expected to be available on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. Of course, the question for us is whether it will be available on PC in any form. PlayStation Now was the only way PC gamers could get PlayStation exclusive games until Sony's recent embrace of PC game releases: With a few caveats, the cloud streaming service debuted on PC in 2016 and performed admirably. It might not seem as important now that we have native versions of God of War and Uncharted, but I'm willing to bet that a lot of PC owners would jump at the chance to stream PS2 classics on their current machines.