Late last year, we heard that Sony was working on what’s internally called Spartacus, the PlayStation equivalent of the Xbox Game Pass. Bloomberg reported at the time that the service will be launching as early as spring this year, or between late March and late June. The news outlet has a follow-up report that claims that it may be launched as early as next week.
The Bloomberg report cites people familiar with the matter, who also say that the service will debut with a “splashy lineup of hit games from recent years”. But at the same time, the new service is not expected to feature its biggest titles on day one of their release. Cited as an example is the upcoming God of War Ragnarok.
This is quite the difference compared to the Xbox Game Pass model. It is increasingly featuring new releases on day one as part of its subscription.
As a refresher, Sony’s project Spartacus is expected to combine its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions. The latter will ultimately be phased out, while the latter will be split into three tiers. The first is said to be the same as it is now, with the second tier adding Spartacus into the service. The third tier will include streaming of PS1, PS2, PS3, and later PSP titles, the way the PS Now service works.