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PlayStation’s Game Pass-like ‘Spartacus’ is preparing for battle

Sustainable or not, PlayStation is reportedly getting its own Game Pass-like subscription service ready for deployment. Bearing the codename ‘Spartacus’, it should be ready to take the fight to Xbox next spring.

To be fair, PlayStation didn’t call this one. Bloomberg did. According to them, they’ve spoken to people who’ve asked to remain anonymous. Jeez… I wonder why. Anywho, according to these anonymous individuals, Spartacus could come with a three-tier payment option. Tier one should replace the current PlayStation Plus. The second tier might come with a beefy catalog of PS4 ( and eventually PS5) games. Tier three comes with all the bells and whistles, including extended demos, game streaming, and a list of classic PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.

Again, none of this has been confirmed by PlayStation just yet, so take it with a nice pinch of salt. Then again, big boss Jim Ryan has been hinting towards a Game Pass competitor in the past. But he was also the one that claimed that a Game Pass-like service wouldn’t be sustainable to PlayStation, with first-party game budgets exceeding $100 million easily.

As far as Xbox Game Pass goes, things are seemingly going just fine. Xboss Phil Spencer isn’t worried about sustainability at all. In fact, according to him, Game Pass is super sustainable. Like… really really sustainable. With over 18 million subscribers since its launch in 2017, it is going mighty strong. And believe you me, games like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 weren’t cheap to develop either. Just sayin’…