Sony is all set to introduce its own Game Pass service for PS5 as a rival for Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The game pass dubbed as Project Spartacus, also codenamed PlayStation Infinite is set to launch soon. Sony Spartacus is the company’s take on Game Pass service as an alternative to Xbox Game Pass, considering its rising popularity followed by the PS5 launch and the way it changed people’s gaming experience.
Here is everything we know so far about what the Sony Spartacus service will look like:
An improved version of PS Plus
We believe Project Spartacus to be a PlayStation service with features similar to Xbox Game Pass. What sets apart Sony’s upcoming game pass from its competitor Xbox Game Pass will be that subscribers can play both classic and modern games. Sony Spartacus is likely to be an expansion of PS Plus membership where users with PS5 and an active PS Plus can access the PlayStation Library and download a selection of PS4 games at any time.
Subscription Services for PlayStation Users
It is speculated that Project Spartacus will adopt an approach similar to Xbox Game Pass. The Sony Spartacus Game Pass is expected to be an improved version of the PlayStation Plus to offer users more gaming options on PS5 or PS4 through three monthly subscription tiers, namely Essential, Extra and Premium.
The Essential tier will have most of the PlayStation Plus exclusives and features such as online multiplayer functions access and the download of regular 3 to 4 monthly games.
Subscribers on the Extra tier can download over 300 games in addition to the services offered on the Essential tier.
The subscribers on the Premium tier can enjoy the ultimate features of the Spartacus Game Pass. This Premium pass will be included with features like cloud streaming, access to a catalog of classic game titles in PS1, PS2, and PS3 and to game demos before their initial release.
Sony Spartacus: Key Selling Points
Similar to Xbox Game Pass, Spartacus is also expected to offer third party titles including free monthly games that are part of the PS Plus service. What is more exciting is that there may be backward compatibility and previous PlayStation games from PS3, PS2 and PS1 consoles included in the services through PS Now.
Speculations about Backward compatibility
Users were unable to purchase or download PS3 titles including Dead or Alive 5 that started appearing on the PS5’s store from mid-January 2022. This hints that Sony is planning for backward compatibility with PS3 as an offering in one of the Project Spartacus’ services tiers. Following the acquisition of Bungie, Sony CTO Hiroki Tokoti shared about their plans to launch 10 live service games by the year 2026 and that they are working on what is likely to be a major new PlayStation exclusive IP.
Spartacus Subscription costs?
PlayStation may introduce Spartacus as a competitor for Xbox Game Pass by proposing it as a cheaper alternative. Currently PlayStation Plus comes at an annual subscription of $60 while Xbox Game Pass’s top tier monthly subscription costs $14.99. The monthly subscription for Spartacus may be at $10 for Essential, $13 for Extra and $16 for Premium.
When to expect Sony Spartacus
PlayStation hasn’t revealed anything about the official launch of Spartacus, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the service is made available this year, even as soon as spring. News from reliable sources in the gaming industry suggests that the real name of Project Spartacus will be PlayStation Infinite.
As PlayStation is yet to make an official announcement, everything we know about Project Spartacus is nothing more than speculation and is always likely to change. We can be certain that they are focused on a more improved technology to make their video game streaming more accessible and reliable than their competitor.
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