Sony PlayStation subscription to rival Xbox Game Pass is coming

Sony Group Corp. is gearing up to introduce a new video game subscription service for the PlayStation next week, people familiar with the plans said.

Sony Group Corp. is gearing up to introduce a new video game subscription service for the PlayStation next week, people familiar with the plans said. The service, which has been in development under the codename Spartacus, is Sony’s answer to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Game Pass, a sort of Netflix for video games with more than 25 million subscribers. Sony’s debuts a smashing lineup of hit games from the past few years, the folks said, asking for anonymity because the plans are private.

Sony’s new service combines two of its current offerings, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. Customers can choose from multiple levels with catalogs of modern games and classics from older PlayStation eras.

Documents obtained by Sirbpti last year showed that the most expensive tier also gives players access to extensive demos and the ability to stream games over the Internet. A Sony spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PlayStation consoles have outsold Xboxes in recent years, but Sony is lagging behind Microsoft’s efforts in the streaming market. Xbox Game Pass offers hundreds of games for $10 a month. One of Game Pass’s biggest selling points is that subscribers get access to many titles the same day they go on sale in stores for $60 or $70 each. That includes this year’s highly anticipated Microsoft sci-fi game Starfield.

Sony will likely be at a disadvantage there. The new service is not expected to feature the biggest titles on the day they come out. For example, the upcoming God of War Ragnarök will probably not be offered on the streaming platform right away, says one of the people familiar with the plan.

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