The PlayStation subsidiary of Sony Group Corp. is working on a new subscription service to compete with Microsoft Corp.’s successful Xbox Game Pass. Code-named Spartacus, this new subscription service will allow PlayStation users to pay a monthly fee to access new and classic games catalogs.
This feature will be available for PlayStation 4, where 116 million units were sold worldwide and for PlayStation 5 as well. The latter one launched a year ago, which has some difficulties in buying due to supply chain issues. This service will combine Sony’s current two plans, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. According to Bloomberg, “Sony plans to retain the PlayStation Plus branding but phase out PlayStation Now.” Most online multiplayer games require PlayStation Plus, which provides free monthly titles, and PlayStation Now allows players to stream or download older games.