Last December, rumors began circulating that Sony was working on overhauling the PlayStation Plus on multiple levels. Codenamed Project Spartacus, it should be a competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. At the time, it was said that Sony was aiming to launch the service in the spring of this year, and a new report suggests the service is now “pretty close to launching”.
These are, at least, Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat, who in his latest episode of his Giantbomb show Grubbsnax offered a little more insight into how the new three-tier subscriber service – which effectively combines Sony’s existing PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus offerings – works exactly.
Spartacus game price
Grubb said the new service (previously reported by Bloomberg to keep its PlayStation Plus subscription as PlayStation Now phases out) will call its three levels of Essential, Extra and Premium – and will cost $10, $13 and $16 a month, respectively. .
According to an original Bloomberg report on Spartacus, Grubb said the Essential level will actually be the PlayStation Plus as it is today – that is, it will be needed to play online titles on the PlayStation and get a number of monthly games for subscribers to add at no extra cost. will Extra level include “Catalog of downloadable games” with about 300 titles. “Everything that could be downloaded on PS Now seems to be here as well”said Grubb.
The premium level will reportedly give subscribers access to “classic games” and cloud streaming, although Grubb admits it doesn’t know “Which means classic games, but I know it’s a big part of this premium level.” Bloomberg previously reported that the premium level will include access to games for PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP, along with extended demo versions – something Grubb also repeated.
Despite a growing number of reports on the Spartacus project, Sony has yet to officially unveil such an initiative. Pema Grubbu, that could change very quickly. “We are probably approaching the actual launch (…) Something is likely to happen by the end of this month and I don’t think it necessarily means public, I mean in terms of internal milestones about what exactly that service should be and where it will first appear.”
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