Sony is working on a new subscription service for PlayStation that will rival Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and may launch as early as next spring. The news comes by way of a recent Bloomberg report that cites internally reviewed documents as well as anonymous sources close to Sony.
According to the report, the subscription service is code-named Spartacus and will work similarly to Game Pass, but for PlayStation users. The service allows PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of games. The service will have three tiers, with the highest tier offering the most in terms of games.
Spartacus will also merge PlayStation’s two extant subscription programs, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. Like Xbox Live Gold, PlayStation Plus grants access to online multiplayer on PlayStation and comes with an offering of free monthly games. According to Bloomberg, it seems that Sony will “retain the PlayStation Plus branding but phase out PlayStation Now.”
Spartacus is expected to release in spring 2022 for both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Sony has not made an official announcement regarding the upcoming subscription service, though that may change soon now that news of Spartacus has come to light.