Sony should unveil the PlayStation subscription

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Sony Group may introduce a PlayStation video game subscription service “as early as next week”, Bloomberg reported Friday, March 25.

The subscription service – which has been codenamed Spartacus – is in development and represents Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, which is a Netflix-style video game suite with over 25 million viewers. subscribers, according to the report.

Sony’s subscription service will include a slew of hit games from the past few years, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources, and will bring together Sony’s PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus services. Customers will be able to choose from several levels, including modern games and classic PlayStation selections.

The most expensive PlayStation video game subscription service tier will also allow gamers access to extended demos and game streaming over the internet, the report said. A Sony spokesperson did not respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment.

There have been more PlayStations sold than Xboxes in recent years, but Sony is behind Microsoft when it comes to streaming, according to the report. Sony’s new service is not expected to include its biggest titles on release day. The upcoming God of War Ragnarök, for example, probably won’t be available on the streaming platform right away.

In May, Sony was indicted in a class action lawsuit brought by gamers for allegedly acting anti-competitively by withholding digital download codes for PlayStation games from third-party vendors, including Amazon and Walmart.

Read more: Sony Could Face Class Action Lawsuit Over PlayStation Game Exclusivity

The lawsuit accused PlayStation of limiting game downloads exclusively to its internal store in 2019. As a result, Sony’s PlayStation Store was the only place to get digital PlayStation games, and users paid around 175% more for downloadable games than the disc-based equivalent.

A Sony spokesperson said at the time that the decision to avoid third-party vendors was to “align key businesses globally”.

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