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Sony is said to be getting its latest subscription service ready for a big reveal. Bloomberg’s report that people familiar with plans to subscribe to PlayStation’s game service codenamed Spartacus say the announcement could be made as soon as next week.
PlayStation’s answer to Game Pass has long been rumored and is said to be in development under the codename Spartacus. Like Xbox Game Pass, it is a subscription service that gives members access to a large library of downloadable games with monthly or yearly payment. Bloomberg reports that a private source familiar with the project says that “Sony will launch with a bunch of popular games from recent years.”
Bloomberg also confirmed more details about the upcoming service, explaining that Spartacus will combine PlayStation’s existing subscription services PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. Like the Game Pass, Spartacus will offer multiple tiers for subscribers. In the case of PlayStation, the more expensive tiers will allow subscribers to play classics from the older PlayStation era, access extended demos or new releases, and stream games over the internet.
PlayStation’s Spartacus may also differ greatly from Game Pass in terms of the recent nature of the games on offer. It looks like Sony is focusing on highlighting titles throughout PlayStation’s history instead of bringing games to the service as soon as they come out. Bloomberg reports that the service will not include PlayStation’s biggest titles, as is coming God of War: Ragnarok, on the day they debuted. All Xbox Game Studios titles launch on Game Pass on day one.
It remains to be seen how the PlayStation copy of Game Pass will turn out to fans, but we don’t seem to have to wait long to find out.