Updated on April 2nd, 2022
News of Sony PlayStation planning to launch a new subscription service started spreading in the media last year. According to a Bloomberg report, PlayStation is ready to release the new subscription plan aka Project Spartacus as early as next week for all PS owners.
Codenamed 'Project Spartacus', the new subscription plan will be a combination of PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus plans. A previous Bloomberg report describes the new subscription service as follows: "Documentation reviewed by Bloomberg outlines a service with three tiers. The first would include existing PlayStation Plus benefits. The second would offer a large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games. The third tier would add extended demos, game streaming, and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games."
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A media report had leaked the names and prices of tiers of the new plan last month. "It currently calls those tiers Essential, Extra, and Premium — although those names could change between now and when the service launches. The subscription for these programs is monthly and starts at $10 and goes up to $16," read the report.
Here is what you can expect under each tier according to the report:
PS Plus Essentials – $10 per month
PS Plus Extra – $13 per month
PS Plus Premium – $16 per month
Project Spartacus is positioned to rival the Xbox Game Pass which has gained increasing popularity for its catalogue and variety of its gaming library. While it is true that PlayStation devices have captured more sales compared to Xbox consoles, the latter's subscription service has more fanbase. Xbox Game Pass has 18 million subscribers owing to its numerous gaming titles made available for the community. The company even tied up with companies to further expand its gaming library.
It is imperative that Sony step up efforts not only to gain more users but also to retain the gamers on their platform. This is because its arch-rival Microsoft has upped the ante by buying Activision Blizzard, the Call of Duty maker in a deal valued at $68.7 billion. If Microsoft happens to stop Call of Duty from PlayStation devices, it will be a significant loss of revenue for the company, not to mention the disappointed users on the platform.
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