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Sony May be Preparing Its Own Game Pass; Schreier Reports on Project Spartacus

Jason Schreier reports that Sony plans to respond to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service with a subscription codenamed Spartacus in the spring. The offer is expected to be available on PS4 and PS5 and will be a combination of PS Plus and PS Now, as well as backward compatibility.

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners may soon get their own Game Pass. As Jason Schreier (via Bloomberg) reports, Sony is to plan launching a service similar to that offered by Microsoft. According to documents on which Schreier relies, the concept of Spartacus - the alleged codename of this project - is a combination of what is currently provided by the PS Plus subscription (including the ability to play online) with a collection of titles available in PS Now. And that's not all, as Spartacus will also allow for streaming, checking out extended demos of new titles and games from older generations of Sony consoles - PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP.

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At the moment it is not known how much we would have to pay for it. Schreier reports, however, that there will be three thresholds available. The lowest should offer the same things PS Plus does. The middle offer is to be enriched with a regularly updated collection of games from PS Now (mainly from PlayStation 4, but some titles from PS5 are also to be included), while the highest threshold - the aforementioned demos, old games and playing in the cloud. Comparisons to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions come to mind.

What's interesting, Sony's new service will supposedly launch in the spring of 2022. If that's the case, we can certainly look forward to the announcement of Spartacus - or whatever it may eventually be called - in the coming months. Until that happens, it's worth approaching this information with caution.

Jason Schreier did not mention anything about PC in his article. However, I quietly hope that if this scenario comes true, the Japanese company will decide to compete with Xbox also on PC.

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.


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