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Classic games will reportedly be ‘a major part’ of PlayStation’s Game Pass rival


“Project Spartacus” is “very close to really launching,” according to a journalist who has been following the project’s progress. VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb made the assertion on his paid Giantbomb programme Grubbsnax (paywalled, transcribed by VGC) that he had learned more about Sony’s upcoming subscription service.

When asked if a launch date was imminent, Grubb said: “I think something will happen before the end of this month.” By “internal milestone,” he meant a point at which the service is ready to go live. The writer claims that Spartacus will have three levels, each costing up to $16 a month.

According to Grubb, these are currently referred to as “important,” “extra,” and “premium,” respectively. Again, the prices are placeholders, but the necessary plan is $10 per month, the additional plan costs $13 per month, and the premium plan is priced at $16 a month.

The Ultimate tier of Xbox Game Pass costs $10.99 / £10.99 per month and includes access to EA Play, as a point of reference. Only a small portion of the console library is included with the $7.99/£7.99 PC Game Pass. There is no EA Play or cloud streaming included in the ultimate plan, the Console tier, which costs $7.99 / £7.99 per month. According to Grubb, gamers will receive different rewards according on their rank in the ranks.

It costs $16 per month for “premium” service. Do you receive the whole games? …kind of… It’s reminiscent of Electronic Arts’ Play. Full game demos are included. “I don’t know if that’s the case for every new game, but it appears to be.” That’s what Grubb had to say. Even though PlayStation has previously given trials for certain of its first-party titles, Grubb suggests that all PlayStation first-party products are eligible for these trials. Grubb went on to say, “You also get vintage games and streaming, none of the other tiers will have cloud streaming, you also get old games. ”

“I don’t know what classic games implies, but I do know that it’s a key element of this premium tier,” he continued. Streaming, vintage games, and game trials are all included in this “premium” category. In recent years, PlayStation has been a noticeable outlier when it comes to contemporary platforms allowing access to its vast back library. Only PlayStation 4 titles will run on the PlayStation 5, while Xbox Series users may play games as far back as the original Xbox.

For the additional tier, you receive a “downloadable game catalogue” that includes over “250, 300 titles, something like that,” which Grubb has heard includes. Cloud streaming is not included, however you may download 300 games. Hundreds of PS3 and PS4 titles may be streamed or downloaded through PlayStation Now at this time. Streaming is the only way to play PlayStation 3 games at this time.

“PS Plus with the monthly games is essential, just like you know it today,” said one user. Grubb went on to clarify. PlayStation Plus now offers cloud storage, free games each month, and discounts. In order to play PlayStation games online, gamers must have PlayStation Plus. These rules don’t apply to games that may be downloaded free of charge.

How much does it cost to be a member for a year? Then he answered, “I don’t know, I haven’t heard anything. PS Now retail cards have been discontinued in the UK recently, according to Grubb. It has been previously reported that Sony’s next PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services, codenamed Spartacus, will be combined into a single service.