Last December, reports started circulating that Sony was working on an upgrade to the PlayStation Plus service, called Project Spartacus, which would compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass offering separate third parties. At that time, the launch was rumored to be “in the spring”, and now new information is rumored that the service is “very close to launch”.
At least that’s what VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb says, who also explained that the service will have three separate tiers and, as suspected, will merge PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now.
According to Grubb, the new service will retain the PlayStation Plus name and drop PlayStation Now, while three-thirds will be Essential, Extra, and Premium, with prices of ten dollars, thirteen dollars, and ten dollars per month, respectively.
As noted in Bloomberg’s first article, Grubb says the Essential tier will essentially be PlayStation Plus as we know it today, with subscriptions to play online on PlayStation and a host of titles to add to the library at no additional cost. . The Extra tier would add “a catalog of downloadable games” of around three hundred titles. The journalist assures that “everything that is currently on PlayStation Now as a downloadable seems to be there”.
Finally, there will be the Premium tier, which will give subscribers access to “classic games” and cloud streaming, as well as content from the other two tiers. Grubb acknowledges that “I don’t know what that refers to classic games, but I know it’s an important part of that premium tier.” Bloomberg at the time assured that this tier would offer access to PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PSP games, as well as extended demos, which would corrode Grubb.
“It’s kind of like EA Play,” he says. “There’s no full game testing. I don’t know if it will be for every game that comes out, but it looks like it will.” Grubb also said that all first-party Sony titles will offer this type of demo as part of the premium tier.
But despite all this, already filters and information, Sony still hasn’t officially announced Spartacus. Grubb thinks that’s going to change very soon, as “it’s very close to launch. There’s probably going to be something happening by the end of the month, and while I don’t think that necessarily means it’s going to be public, if I think it will be in the final stages of internal hits “be the service”.