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PlayStation Reportedly Planning Game Pass Competitor

PlayStation Plus will reportedly be rolled into a new subscription service a la Xbox Game Pass.
PlayStation Plus will reportedly be rolled into a new subscription service a la Xbox Game Pass. / Photo via PlayStation

PlayStation is planning a new subscription service designed to compete with Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The service, which is being developed under the codename Spartacus, will let PlayStation owners pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of both modern and classic games in much the same way Game Pass users do on Xbox and PC. The service will likely be available on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, but there's no news regarding availability on PC.

Spartacus is expected to launch in spring, when Sony will merge PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. PlayStation Plus, which allows users to play online multiplayer games and offers free titles for download each month, will retain its branding. PlayStation Now, which lets users stream or download older games, will be phased out.

Although the specifics are liable to change, current plans indicate three tiers for Spartacus subscriptions. The first would include PlayStation Plus as it currently exists. The second would offer a large collection of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games. The third tier would add to that extended demos, game streaming and a collection of classic PlayStation games stretching back to the PS1 and PSP.

Pricing for Spartacus remains unknown. It faces a tall order competing with Game Pass, which offers its 18 million subscribers access to several hundred games for just $10-15 a month. That service also offers day one access to major Xbox releases, which Spartacus likely would not do.

Sony has yet to comment on the report.