Microsoft has an interesting subscription service called “Game Pass” that gives gamers online access to a huge library of games that you can play on your console or other devices as well (depending on your level of subscription). It’s a great plan for someone who spends a lot of time gaming and buying up a number of games every year. With the number of games you have access to, you’ll never be bored (nor have to buy new games–unless a title isn’t available on Game Pass. Sony has apparently finally recognized how ludicrously successful the idea is for bringing in new subscribers as is working on the same for PlayStation.
Currently hidden behind the code name “Spartacus”, the new streaming service will take on its competitor with current and classic titles available to stream. It may be taking the place of the PlayStation Now service (with multiple tiers) and will include select titles from every PlayStation console ever released. Making it the “Ultimate” (pun) response to anyone pissed off about the lack of backward compatibility between consoles.
We owe thanks to Bloomberg for leaking the information from a secret party that wasn’t supposed to open their trap(s). This leak included documents reviewed by the publication that backed the claims. It appears that Sony plans on pushing forward with it next year (Spring 2022).
This could lead to a huge increase in subscriptions for Sony, as wells as some profitable upgrades from current subscriber.
It also means it will be incredibly easy to dive back into some of your favorite classics from previous consoles, reducing the need of multiple consoles cluttering up your living room (or den, theater, office, bedroom, attic, or anywhere else you like to game).
As anything leaked into the world, things could change, or Sony might even pull the plug out of anger of the leak. Highly doubtful though as the company really needs something to compete head on against Microsoft with. So you should expect to start seeing some news from the company in the coming months.