Spartacus is the code name for the new subscription service planned by PlayStation for PS4 and PS5. This is guaranteed by journalist Jason Schreier, who pointed out in an article by Blooomberg that sources close to Sony have confirmed this ploy, designed to compete with the Xbox Game Pass, service from Microsoft. This means of communication reviewed documents that attest to the veracity of the information.
According to Schreier, the service will allow PlayStation users to pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of games, both modern and vintage. The source wanted to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to discuss these matters with the press, while Sony has not yet responded to the journalist’s questions.
As for the platforms it will be available on, Bloomberg claims it could be PS4, as it has sold over 116 million units, while the PS5 still faces a semiconductor shortage, which has caused a notable slowdown in production. In fact, it is currently not possible to buy the machine normally in any of the markets.
The launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2022, when, according to these sources, the services PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will merge. The first is a subscription that gives you access to certain free monthly games, but above all to the titles’ online modes. PS Now is a library of games, which can be downloaded (depending on which cases) or enjoyed in streaming.
Spartacus’ plans are not closed and may vary, but the documents you have access to refer to three options: the first includes the current advantages of PlayStation Plus, while the second adds more PS4 and soon PS5 catalogue. The third will feature extended demos, streaming games and a library of PSX, PS3, PSP classics. Nothing was said about the PS Vita, a notebook that sold well below expectations.
In a subsequent tweet, the journalist emphasized that the PlayStation Plus seal will likely remain. He also asked for caution, as he ensured that brand new games are not expected to arrive from day one to service, something that already happens with the Xbox Game Pass.