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Sony may be feeling the heat from Xbox as Bloomberg reports the company is looking to create its own game streaming service.
According to the report, Sony may merge its two current services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, in order to create a combo online and Xbox Game Pass-like game streaming service. Currently, PlayStation Plus is PlayStation’s online service. As an added bonus, each month PlayStation Plus subscribers can download a few free games offered by the service. PlayStation Now is the publisher’s game streaming service, but its services are fairly limited compared to Game Pass.
The merged service, codenamed Spartacus, is rumored to offer three separate tiers. The first would essentially be PlayStation Plus. The second would include a catalogue of playable PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games. The third and final tier would have demos, streaming, and a catalogue of games going back to the original PlayStation.
The service would keep the PlayStation Plus promotional material while PlayStation Now material would slowly be phased out. According to VGC, this phasing out has already started as PS Now retail cards in the UK will be pulled from stores by January 21st.
The service is scheduled to release this coming spring.