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PlayStation Plus and PS Now will reportedly merge into a combined subscription service in Spring 2022, building a more robust service to combat the ever-expanding Xbox Game Pass.
Previous reports indicated that several tiers are being worked on and that gamers will have the option to keep their subscription tier.
But for those interested in streaming games, PlayStation Now will be part of the plan, making for an attractive new package.
Bloomberg’s original report suggests that the PlayStation service has been codenamed Spartacus and will combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services.
The new service would mark the end of PlayStation Now and be available on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
This would make sense, as there’s no reason why both markets couldn’t be served, just like with Xbox Game Pass.
Three tiers would be available to those who sign up for the combined service, with the former retaining the regular PlayStation Plus benefits.
The second would offer something more comprehensive, with a library of games to download from.
The third tier would add extensive demos and game streaming, much like what’s available through PlayStation Now.
This all sounds like a safe bet and mirrors what’s currently on offer through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, minus the included PC catalog.
And this week, VentureBeat has found more evidence that this plan is being drafted for use later in 2022.
Sony is reportedly ordering UK retailers to pull PlayStation Now cards from sale, a possible early indicator that the service is about to undergo major changes.
These cards will reportedly be removed from shelves by January 21, although it’s unclear whether PlayStation Plus cards will also be affected.
This new combined service is expected to take over the Xbox Game Pass, which continues to be very popular among gamers.
PlayStation’s own version offers a library of games to download from and isn’t expected to include the same features as day one releases for first-party exclusives.
And if Sony is planning something as big as that, gamers can expect an announcement from the tech giant in the coming months, possibly in March 2022.
So far, Sony has not shared any information that suggests they will discontinue PlayStation Now or plan to make major changes to the PS Plus services in the future.
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