A Bloomberg report indicates that Sony’s PlayStation is preparing its own video game streaming service to compete directly with the successful rival Xbox service Game Pass, owned by Microsoft.
According to the outlet, the service – which uses the code name “Spartacus” – is intended to launch in spring 2022 and will allow PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users to pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of modern games. and classics.
The service will merge Sony’s two existing subscription plans – PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now – and will be available in three tiers:
According to Bloomberg sources, Sony is also investing in resources to expand its video game efforts in the cloud, as an alternative to Microsoft’s xCloud.
Game Pass has been a resounding success for Microsoft, with more than 18 million subscribers as of January 2021.
For the past few months, Xbox has focused on developing Game Pass to appeal to casual users with the promise of reducing dependence on the living room.
The subscription service – available from 149 pesos a month – has exclusive titles such as “Halo Infinite” and “Gears 5”, and can be used on Xbox consoles, Android devices and personal computers.
In fact, during a prerecorded video in preparation for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft said that it will seek to make more people able to access the Xbox game catalog through Game Pass. To do this, it announced that it is working with global television manufacturers to bring the service to more users.
Xbox has also made significant acquisitions of video game studios to bolster the Game Pass library. An example of this was the purchase of Bethesda Softworks for 7.5 billion dollars last year.