At the beginning of December, the first rumors concerning the PlayStation Spartacus (provisional codename) hit the web, via Bloomberg, a media generally well informed in the video game sphere. According to them, PlayStation is preparing an offensive to fight against Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass with a new subscription service that could merge the services of PS Now and PS Plus.
Find out now all the first important information to know about the famous “PlayStation Spartacus” project with the first information, rumors and other details!
The What is PlayStation Spartacus?
According to early information from Bloomberg, PlayStation Spartacus is a new subscription service from PlayStation aimed at merging the services of PlayStation Now (PS Now) and PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) into a single offer. With the implementation of Spartacus, Sony could abandon the PS Now brand and service for good. On the other hand, the firm could still keep the PS Plus for some time.
Spartacus (provisional name) would offer players several advantages such as:
Access to the online game (PS Plus) The games offered every month (PS Plus) A catalog of games similar to Xbox Game Pass for PS4 (and later PS5 titles) Demos, game streaming and many PSOne, PS2 and PS3 games (PS Now)
When could PlayStation Spartacus arrive?
Always according to information from Bloomberg, PlayStation Spartacus could be launched in the spring 2022. This is information that is beginning to gain momentum since Sony has just asked the various American, Canadian and British retailers to withdraw all PS Now cards from sale. In France, we have just learned that the Micromania brands are starting to withdraw cards from 14 January.
It is from today in France that most brands #Micromania must start withdrawing cards #PSNow sales. After USA, Canada and the United Kingdom, it’s France’s turn.
The project #PlayStationSpartacus approach! #PlayStationNow pic.twitter.com/bGZbiATE4I
— Chris’ Klippel (@Chris_Klippel) January 20, 2022
On which platform could release PlayStation Spartacus?
Obviously, the PlayStation Spartacus should arrive on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. There is a good chance that Sony will decide to launch its service on PC as well. But to date (12 January 2022), the main rumors refer to PlayStation consoles only.
How much will PlayStation Spartacus cost?
At the moment there is absolutely no information on the price of the service. Based on Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, we imagine that Sony will not exceed the price of the latter to remain competitive. We can then expect a service between 9,99€ per month and ,80€ per month.
How to do for PlayStation Now subscribers?
For the moment, since the Spartacus project has still not been officially announced, we do not know how Sony will proceed to stop the PS Now service and merge it with the PS Spartacus. There is a high chance that players with an active subscription on PS Now will be transferred to PS Spartacus. For the moment, no official information.
What is PlayStation Now?
PS Now is a subscription service allowing players to access a library over 700 PS2, PS3 and PS4 games. It is possible to play it via the Cloud (in streaming) or to download its games on PS4/PS5. The service is also accessible only via the Cloud on PC.
En 2018, PS Now offers PS4 users to download PS2 and PS4 games to be able to play them on their console without having to stream them. It’s lucky for those who don’t have a good enough connection to play it. It’s finally in January 1400 that the beta of PS Now will extend to all of Europe before arriving in final version on 12 March 2020.
What is PlayStation Plus?
PS Plus is a subscription service on PS4 and PS5 allowing players to play online and take advantage of many advantages such as games offered every month and exclusive promotions.
Today, the PlayStation plus offers several subscription formulas ( month, quarter, year). Thanks to a subscription to PS Plus, players are entitled to many advantages:
Free games – Every month, at least two PS4 games are offered to subscribers on PS Plus. These games belong to the players for the time of their subscription to PS Plus.Exclusive discounts – Every month, many more or less recent PS4 games benefit from exclusive discounts of -20% at -80% only for subscribers PS Plus.Online Multiplayer – With PS Plus, subscribers can play all online games and enjoy online features. line of the different games.Exclusives – Every month, PS Plus subscribers get the right to exclusive content for their games such as DLCs, packs or others in the most popular games like Apex Legends, H1Z1, or Fortnite.
Themes & Avatars – PS Plus subscribers can also personalize their profile with free themes and avatars from the biggest games like Street Fighter, Batman or Bloodborne.Full Game Tests – On PS3, it is possible for users to test games over several hours in order to checkout! Assassin’s Creed, GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption or even Resident Evil…
January 7 2018, at the Sony conference CES in Las Vegas, Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment announces that the PlayStation Network has more than 103 million active users. These are in total more than 50,8 million registered PS Plus players.
Why a merger of PS Now and PS Plus?
Sony may wish to refocus all of its services and offer a “pack” grouping together all the offers in a more advantageous manner. We can also see a failure of PlayStation Now which, despite its catalog of more than 750 games, does not happen not have to deal with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
Other things to expect on PlayStation Spartacus?
If Sony really wants create a complete service, we will undoubtedly have the integration and the arrival everywhere in the world of the PS Plus Video Pass offer. This is an offer giving access to more than twenty films and series from Sony Pictures. The service is currently being tested in Poland since 21 April 2022. Sony had announced a one-year test phase before launching the PS Plus Video Pass in other countries. It falls right in the spring 20750 !
When might PlayStation Spartacus be announced?
More and more rumors evoke a State of Play for the beginning of February 2022. We imagine that Sony could take advantage of this event to make an announcement. If the rumors are true, the PlayStation Spartacus could launch as early as spring. There is therefore not much time left for PlayStation to make its announcement.
In addition, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, all resellers will have to withdraw their physical PS Plus cards from sale at the latest. late on 12 January.
All about PlayStation Spartacus in 5 questions
PlayStation Spartacus? What’s this ?
This would be a new subscription service from PlayStation aimed at merging PS Now and PS Plus.
What should be the release date?
Normally, the PlayStation Spartacus service (provisional code name) should be launched in the spring 20750.
At what price could PlayStation Spartacus be launched? No official information on this subject. On the other hand, to remain competitive against a certain Game Pass Ultimate, the price of the PS Spartacus should be between 9,99€ per month and 14,99€ per month.
On which support(s) will the service be compatible? For the moment, the service should arrive on PS4 and PS5.
When could this be announced? According to many rumors s, and given the timing that remains at Sony, the PlayStation Spartacus project should be announced soon, between the end of January and the end of February.