According to people familiar with the preparations, Sony Group Corp. plans to launch a new video game subscription service for the PlayStation next week. The program, named Spartacus, is Sony’s answer to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Game Pass, a kind of Netflix for video games with more than 25 million customers. People who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are private said Sony will debut a splashing list of recent hit games.
PlayStation consoles have outsold Xboxes in recent years, but Sony is lagging behind Microsoft’s efforts in the streaming market. Xbox Game Pass offers hundreds of games for $10 per month. One of the biggest selling points of Game Pass is that subscribers get access to many titles the same day they go on sale in stores for $60 or $70 each. This includes this year’s highly anticipated Microsoft sci-fi game, Starfield. Sony will likely be at a disadvantage there. The new service is not expected to feature its biggest hits on release day. The upcoming God of War Ragnarök, for example, likely won’t be hitting the streaming platform just yet, said one of the people familiar with the plan.
Sony’s new service will combine two of its current offerings, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. Customers will be able to choose from multiple tiers featuring catalogs of modern games and classics from older PlayStation eras. Documents obtained by Bloomberg last year showed that the most expensive tier will also give gamers access to extended demos and the ability to stream games over the internet. A Sony spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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- Sony’s PlayStation Game Pass Rival is about to launch
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