Report: Sony planning expansion for PlayStation Plus, merger with PS Now, classic games support
According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Sony has major plans to revise its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscription services in a new project codenamed Spartacus.
From the information Schreier has been given, Sony would be merging those two services into a new version of PlayStation Plus that offers three tiers. The first tier would remain the same as current PS+; the second would add in “a large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games;” and the third tier would “add extended demos, game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.”
While we’re not privy to the information Schreier was given, there are a few points to clear up from what information is now out there. First, it seems that Sony has no plans to include its exclusives, such as the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok or Gran Truism 7, day one on this new service like its competitor Microsoft does with Xbox Game Pass. Instead, this would no doubt be about a stronger push for getting more and higher-quality games, and perhaps more older PlayStation exclusives, onto the service versus what is currently offered on PlayStation Now.
Also, there is reason to believe that if PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Plus titles are offered in that higher third tier, they will be playable via streaming, as PlayStation Now’s offerings of PlayStation 3 titles currently work.
The new PlayStation Plus service is expected to launch next spring, and would be available on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. For the full details on project Spartacus, check out Bloomberg’s article below.