Microsoft with its Xboxinferior to Sony PlayStation in terms of the number of game consoles sold. Meanwhile, in terms of the number of subscriptions to the Xbox Game Pass service, Microsoft is the absolute leader in this market segment. Microsoft Game Pass is even referred to as Netflix video games. The platform has over 18 million subscribers who get unlimited access to several hundred games for a modest fee of $ 10 to $ 15 per month. Sony's PlayStation division does not seem to be happy with this situation and, according to Bloomberg, the PlayStation division of Sony Group Corp plans to provide users with a new subscription service to compete with the popular Xbox Game Pass.
New service, codenamedSpartacus will provide subscribers with access to both the latest games and applications that have become classics of the gaming computer world. The new offering will be available to PlayStation 4 (116 million units sold) and PlayStation5 owners who continue to be in short supply due to logistics and parts supply issues. The Spartacus platform, which will combine the existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services, will hit the gaming arena this spring.
According to information provided by Bloomberginsiders, the final configuration of the future service has not yet been formed. However, unnamed Sony sources have provided documents that point to Spartacus's three-tiered structure.
The entry level will include services thatalready provides PlayStation Plus. The second level will offer an expanded catalog of games for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The third level will add extended demos, game streaming, and a library of classic games for the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP.
Informants also noted that Sony is investinghuge funds in the development of cloud gaming applications, striving to keep up with Microsoft's xCloud game streaming service, which was launched earlier this year.