PlayStation to Unveil Xbox Game Pass Competitor as Soon as Next Week

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With Xbox Game Pass being such a huge success for Microsoft, it’s no surprise that Sony is developing its own game subscription service to appease PlayStation users who have been clamoring for a similar way of playing a huge collection of titles for a monthly price, but when will we be getting the official word on it? Very soon, according to Bloomberg, which shared a report today claiming that Sony plans to introduce the service, codenamed Spartacus, as early as next week.

Spartacus will supposedly combine Sony’s current PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus services while giving subscribers the option to choose between different content tiers that include modern games and/or classic titles from earlier PlayStation eras. PlayStation users who are expecting Spartacus to be exactly like Xbox Game Pass will likely be disappointed, however, as Bloomberg has suggested that Sony has no plans for day-one titles on its new service.

Sony to Unveil PlayStation Subscription as Soon as Next Week (Bloomberg)

Sony Group Corp. is preparing to introduce a new video game subscription service for the PlayStation as early as next week, said people familiar with the plans.

The service, which has been in development under the codename Spartacus, is Sony’s answer to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Game Pass, a sort of Netflix for video games that has amassed more than 25 million subscribers. Sony’s will debut with a splashy lineup of hit games from recent years, said the people, who requested anonymity because the plans are private.

Sony will likely be at a disadvantage there. The new service is not expected to feature its biggest titles on the day they come out. The upcoming God of War Ragnarök, for example, is unlikely to be offered on the streaming platform right away, said one of the people familiar with the plan.

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