January 29, 2022

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Sony will announce Xbox Game Pass next year!

And very soon.

Arguably the strongest Xbox exclusive is the prepaid Xbox Game Pass. This is mainly due to the great releases of the first day of third-party games especially first-party games. What prepaid service can boast that you can play Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite or Starfield for 12.99 euros?

Therefore, it was only a matter of time before Sony entered its competition for this service. Jim Ryan hinted at something later this year, and now Bloomberg Editor Jason Schreyer is out with the details.

According to him, Sony is developing a service codenamed Spartacus, which will provide a catalog of games across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles to players for a one-month fee. Expected to be announced and released in the spring of next year, this new service will effectively combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into one package, with PlayStation Now serving as the streaming portion of the service.

The service should offer three price levels – The first will offer the same benefits as PlayStation Plus today. The second will offer a large catalog of PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 games to play, and the third level will add streaming games from PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation and PSP.

The price of each level is not yet known. In addition, according to Schreier, Sony has begun to pay more for game streaming, so Sony is expected to fully follow Microsoft in this area as well.

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An important question, however, is whether Sony will be willing to “sacrifice” first-party games, which, as with Xbox Game Pass, will be included in the subscription on release day, but Schreier is skeptical about this. It will also be interesting to see how Sony handles the accessibility of the service in different regions. As far as we know, PlayStation Now now operates as a Game Pass-style service, but it hasn’t been available in our region for years.

Either way, we can say that Microsoft has set the pace and Sony is moving in the same direction.

Source: Bloomberg

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