Project Spartacus - PlayStation's Game Pass service, features, price, release date, more

Sony's Project Spartacus is probably the new PlayStation Game Pass service that will be released soon.

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Project Spartacus - PlayStation Pass service

Usually, Sony's free PlayStation Plus games get all the attention from the users yet the PS Now also offers significant value for PS4 and PS5 gamers. A set of new games gets added to the PlayStation Now service each month and then Sony rarely removes any game from it.

However, Sony is planning to launch a new service similar to Xbox Game Pass that will probably offer more extensive gaming titles as compared to both PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus games.

Xbox Game Pass was introduced by Microsoft long ago, and the organization has been very clear with its idea and ambition to develop the Xbox Game Pass library by adding new titles to the subscription service every now and then.

Now the service offers a lot of value and convenience to its users which has led it to become one of the most popular gaming services used by gamers around the globe.

Clearly, the gaming industry is filled with competition and each company wants to do better than the other, be it with new games or the service offering these games, which seems to be the case with Sony. Sony is planning to launch its own Game Pass service for PS5, currently known as - Project Spartacus.

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UPDATE: 29/03/22

Brand New PlayStation Plus Service announced

Recently it was revealed by known industry insiders that Sony will announce its new project today, and that is the case as Sony has announced its all-new PlayStation Plus Service which will combine both PS Plus and PlayStation Now service.

As suggested by known insiders, the new PlayStation Plus Service comes in three tiers at different prices and offers different features. The new PS Plus users will get access to 740+ games for $120 dollars a year, 400+ games for $100.

Check out our detailed article on New PS PLUS Service to know all that has been revealed.


Sony's Project Spartacus

Sony's Project Spartacus is its new venture toward the Game Pass service which will probably show up on both PS4 and PS5, however, the chances of it showing up exclusively on PS5 is higher.

PlayStation's Project Spartacus will probably bring some comparative elements of Xbox Game Pass, like the monthly subscription that offers a list of games to its users through their PS4 and PS5 consoles, and obviously, players will need to download in order to play them.

However, one major question that the fans might have in their mind now is "will PlayStation Spartacus service replace PS Plus?"

Well as an answer to that, there's no official announcement from Sony but it has been hypothesized that Sony might want to include the PS Plus as a component of its elements in Spartacus, just like Xbox did with its Xbox Live memberships, which was later on included in the features of Xbox Game Pass.

It is likewise possible that Project Spartacus will give access to the complete PlayStation Library to all the users who have its membership as currently the users who have active PS Plus membership and the owner of the PS5 console are already enabled to access the PlayStation Library.

Since the PS Plus membership offers a series of PS4 games that can be enhanced for PS5 and can be downloaded anytime, therefore getting similar features or even better in the Project Spartacus service is highly likely.

PlayStation Game Pass service release date

Sony has an interesting lineup of games planned for the year 2022, so at the earliest, we can get the PlayStation Spartacus service in 2022.

Moreover, the service might be announced as early as the week of March 28, 2022, according to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier (paywall). Sarah Bond (head of the Xbox creator experience) seemed to incorrectly infer that an announcement has been done during a recent GDC session.

"Sony Group Corp. is preparing to introduce a new video game subscription service for the PlayStation as early as next week, say people familiar with the plans," according to a new Bloomberg report.

Adding to this, they said, "Sony's will debut with a splashy roster of recent hit games, said the people, who requested anonymity since the plans are private."

For now, we have no official statement from Sony, so the expected PlayStation Game Pass service release date is also speculation for now.

Yet Sony is definitely working on the service hidden away from the public eye, thus getting the service in 2022, or maybe even earlier wouldn't shock anyone.

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PlayStation Spartacus features

According to a trustworthy source for gaming news, Project Spartacus will be renamed PlayStation Infinite after the service's official launch. They also claimed that it will be a three-tiered system with Gold, Platinum, and Ultimate tiers, presumably varied by content and price ranges.

Different PlayStation exclusives such as HogwartsLegacy, God of War: Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, etc are anticipated for the 2022 launch, so getting them on a service completely made for these games would definitely be exciting for the gamers.

However, there can be one major difference between Xbox's Game Pass and Sony's Spartacus subscription service, the lack of new day-one releases. As disappointing as it may sound, Sony isn't expected to provide its large first-party exclusives through its Game Pass competitor on day one, according to reports.

"For example, one of the people acquainted with the plan suggested that the upcoming God of War Ragnarök is unlikely to be available on the streaming platform immediately away," stated the report.

Furthermore, it has been claimed that "When it launches, expected in the spring, the service will merge Sony’s two existing subscription plans, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now."

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Adding to this, Henderson recently said that PlayStation Spartacus "will combine PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus into one subscription service, and the reveal will be alongside a series of games (both current and past) coming to the subscription service."

Moreover, the first Bloomberg report stated, "The service, code-named Spartacus, will allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a catalog of modern and classic games."

These modern and classic games include the large variety of games offered on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. Moreover, it is expected that Project Spartacus will incorporate most of the PlayStation exclusive features along with a variety of other third-party titles.

In addition to giving access to games from PS3, PS2, and PS1 consoles, the service could likewise incorporate a few free monthly games that are offered on the PS Plus service.

It was reported that the "PlayStation Game Pass service will come in three tiers", and these tiers include:

  • Tier 1: Existing PlayStation Plus benefits.
  • Tier 2: A large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games.
  • Tier 3: Extended demos, game streaming, and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.

It is likewise hinted that Sony is planning to keep the PlayStation Plus branding as it is but will remove the PlayStation Now service and merge it with the new service. Moreover, Sony has already started pulling PS Now cards from a few UK retailers, which is suggestive of the new changes coming soon.

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PlayStation Spartacus service price

Sony has not made any revelation on their plans for the Game Pass Service, however, the news of Sony working on the Game Pass service came from a Bloomberg report where it was mentioned that the project has been codenamed "Spartacus".

Now as mentioned above, without any confirmation anything here is pure speculation, yet it is a given fact that if Sony will launch its own Game Pass then it would rival Microsoft's. Currently, Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service costs $14.99 a month, whereas Sony's PS Plus service costs $60 a year, so getting the PlayStation Game Pass service somewhere within this range is a possibility.

According to Jeff Grubb (VentureBeat journalist), the PlayStation Spartacus service's highest tier will cost $16 per month and free trials of all PlayStation first-party games could be included in the premium tier. Moreover, the service will include classic games and streaming. However, none of the other tiers will have cloud streaming.

On his Giant Bomb podcast, Grubb added, "Right now they're labeled 'essential,' 'extra,' and 'premium.'" However, he hinted that the prices could be a placeholder for the time being, but essential is $10 per month, extra is $13 per month, and premium is $16 per month."

Talking about the PlayStation Spartacus Premium tier, he said, "Premium is $16 per month... Do you get whole games? Not at all... It's similar to EA Play. You will receive full game trials. I'm not sure if that's true for every game that comes out, but it appears to be".

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We can expect the PlayStation Game Pass service to come at different levels of the price in which the higher tier might offer PS Now while others might preclude this from the group.

Well this was everything that has been revealed so far about the new Game Pass service that Sony is planning for its fans, yet it has not been affirmed by the officials, so it is better to take this information with a grain of salt.

We expect Sony to announce their plans on PlayStation Game Pass service soon as it would be a wonderful announcement for PlayStation gamers to get their favorite games all in one place.

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