Tuesday, October 4

PlayStation withdraws PS Now cards due to the possible arrival of its own Game Pass

Are we getting closer to that PlayStation Game Pass-style service? It was rumored that Sony will be preparing this new library of games with a view to launching it by spring 2022, and it seems that the firm may already be taking the first steps. UK stores say they have started to remove physical cards from PlayStation Now, which seems to give more credence to rumors that the company intends to merge its streaming game service with PS Plus.

PS Now cards begin to be withdrawn from UK stores

The news has come after an internal email from GAME UK indicated the following: “Stores have until the close of Wednesday 19 January to remove all POS and ESD cards from all customer-facing areas, and update their digital bays according to the next commercial update this week … “It has been VentureBeat who has echoed this message.

Thus, the GAME email indicates that UK retailers will need to remove all PS Now cards from store shelves before the arrival of January 21st. It seems that these will be the first steps of Sony to welcome its new service. From VGC They have contacted the company about it, but the firm has not disclosed any further details.

A new codenamed Game Pass Spartacus

From Bloomberg echoed the documents they have been able to access, where it is noted that this new service is baptized with the code name Spartacus. People say that combine PS Plus and PS Now services, thus eliminating the brand of the latter (which would be related to the withdrawal of the cards from the stores). It is expected to arrive on PS5 and PS4 this spring, offering three subscription models.

  • The first subscription level will offer the advantages of PS Plus: free monthly online games and multiplayer.
  • The second level will allow access to a Game Pass-style game catalog (although no first-party games will be offered since launch).
  • The third level adds to all this demos, streaming play and a library of classic PlayStation games.

This would be PlayStation’s response to Microsoft’s dominance when it comes to streaming gaming and subscriptions, after the Redmond firm has achieved great success with its Xbox Game Pass service.


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