sony is pulling PlayStation Now gift cards of retailers worldwide.
In a statement sent provided to VentureBeatSony said it’s moving away from PlayStation Now gift cards to focus on currently available PlayStation gift cards. These cards can be redeemed for PlayStation Now.
News of the card removal broke yesterday via a memo from GAME UK stating that stores have until close of business on January 19 to remove cards from customer-facing areas.
VentureBeat also heard that retailers in the US and Canada began pulling the cards off shelves last week.
Sony may remove the cards for a reason other than the fact that it already has other gift cards available. In December, a report from Bloomberg indicated that a new subscription service was in the works at the company that would allow it to better compete with Xbox Game Pass.
Codenamed Spartacus, the service will charge a monthly fee for access to classic and modern titles and will combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into one service. The PlayStation Plus brand would remain, while the PlayStation Now brand would disappear.
The report states that the service will launch this spring and three tiers will be offered: one would be similar to how PlayStation Plus works today, the second would offer a host of current and next-gen games, and the third tier would feature a few “ extended demos, game streaming, and a library of classic games” from older Sony consoles.