PlayStation’s next in-development Game Pass competitor, “Project Spartacus,” is “pretty close to launch,” according to a reporter.
Speaking on his bounty giant bomb show Grubbsnax (paywall, transcribed by VGC), VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb claimed to have obtained new information about Sony’s yet to be announced subscription service.
“It’s probably getting closer to that launch, something is probably going to happen by the end of this month and I don’t think that necessarily means publicly, I think in terms of an internal milestone of where the service needs to be , “says Grubb.
According to the journalist, Spartacus will consist of three tiers priced at up to $16 per month.
“Right now they’re called ‘essential,’ ‘extra,’ and ‘premium,'” Grubb said. “The price, again, might be a placeholder, but the price is $10 a month for essential, $13 a month for extra, and $16 a month for premium.”
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For comparison, Xbox Game Pass currently offers three tiers, the Ultimate tier, which costs $10.99/£10.99 per month and offers access to EA Play. The PC tier is $7.99 / £7.99 and offers access to the PC Game Pass, which is a limited selection of the console offering. The final tier, the Console tier is $7.99/£7.99 per month and offers access to the Game Pass library, but not EA Play or cloud streaming.
Grubb then explained what he had heard players say for each level.
“For premium, $16 a month… do you get full games? Not really, kinda… it’s like EA Play. You get full play trials. I don’t know if it’s for every game that comes out, but it looks like it. said Grubb. While PlayStation has offered game trials in the past for certain titles, Grubb implies that all first-party PlayStation titles could offer these trials as part of the premium tier.
Grubb continued: “You also get classic games and streaming, none of the other tiers will have cloud streaming, you also get classic games.
He then developed: “I don’t know what classic games mean, but I know that’s a big part of that premium tier. So you have game trials, classic games, and streaming on that premium tier.” PlayStation was the notable exception in recent years when it comes to accessing its massive back catalog on modern platforms.While Xbox Series users can play some games from the original Xbox, the PlayStation 5 can only play than PlayStation 4 titles natively.
“For the extra tier, you get a ‘catalog of downloadable games’ whatever was downloadable on PSNow, seems to be here “that Grubb heard of is over 250,300 games, something like that. You don’t get cloud streaming, but you get 300 games you can download”.
PlayStation Now currently offers players hundreds of PS3 and PS4 games to stream, with PlayStation 4 games available for download. PlayStation 3 games can currently only be played via streaming.
“Essential is PS Plus with monthly games, as you know today.” Grubb explained. The current PlayStation Plus deal includes cloud savings, monthly free games, and discounts. PlayStation gamers also need a PlayStation Plus to play online games. This does not apply to free titles.
“Are there annual membership numbers for how much these things cost?” I don’t know, I haven’t heard of it. he said. Grubb also alluded to the fact that PlayStation recently discontinued its PS Now retail cards in the UK.
According to a previous report by BloombergSony’s new service is codenamed “Spartacus” and will combine the current PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services, phasing out the latter’s branding.
Bloomberg also said it expects the service to launch for PS4 and PS5 this spring and be structured on three payment tiers.