Sony’s unannounced subscription service, code-named Project Spartacus, may finally have an official reveal on the horizon. In a new report from Bloomberg, the console giant is said to have plans for announcing its PlayStation take on a Game Pass competitor as early as next week.
Anonymous sources told Bloomberg that Sony’s tiered-subscriptions would offer a library of recent hit releases and could finally see an official confirmation after months of uncertainty. Reports of the service under the Project Spartacus moniker first surfaced in December 2021, in a separate report from Bloomberg, and was said to be in the works for both PlayStation 4 and 5, but plans around exact details were not finalized.
In the first report, sources described a tiered service combining PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. The Spartacus library may also include classic PlayStation titles spanning all eras of the consoles in its most expensive tier, covering games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, and even PSP. I hit CTRL+F a few times to ensure I didn’t miss anything, but no, there was no mention of Vita—crushed.
Sony’s priciest plan may also provide extended demos and streaming benefits we see from services like PlayStation Now. The second tier forgoes the older classics but is rumored to include PS4 and PS5 games, while the company’s cheapest option retains PlayStation Plus benefits. For now, it sounds like the platform holder doesn’t have plans to offer its heaviest hitters on day one through Spartacus, so a bit different when compared to Microsoft’s big same-day releases on Game Pass.
Within the last year, we’ve seen murmurings suggesting Sony may play around with its premium offerings through the PlayStation Network. After acquiring anime streaming service Crunchyroll in 2020, a separate report claimed the network might come to PlayStation Plus as an additional feature.
Whatever winds up happening here; it’s about time Sony plays a bit of catch-up with Microsoft here. While the PlayStation giant may have a long history of dominating console sales, it’s hard to make the argument for services like PlayStation Now and Plus. I don’t think I’ve even turned my Xbox One on in over a year, but I keep the Game Pass subscription up for Microsoft’s bountiful PC offerings. My PS Plus subscription regularly lapses.
Anyway, Sony, do the PS1 and PS2 library thing, please. It feels like Nintendo and PlayStation consoles both hold my favorite game classics, but they’re perpetually locked in a race to the bottom when it comes to letting me access that library. I’m requesting some way to legally emulate Xenosaga I, Xenosaga II, and Xenosaga III stat. Thanks.