PlayStation Now and Plus Mix Tipped to Face Xbox Game Pass and it might go live next week. As stated in a Bloomberg report, the service is expected to combine the PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus services to offer a unified subscription product that is expected to “debut with a splashy lineup of hit games from recent years.”
The New PlayStation Now and Plus Mix Tipped to Face Xbox Game Pass
The service is expected to be offered with multiple tiers divided across the current-gen modern games and those debuting with the older console generations. An older report coming from the same outlet tipped three subscription tiers for the service that is on its way. A much older report that came from a much older outlet tipped three subscription tiers for the upcoming service, which is at the moment under development with the codename Spartacus.
The first tier is expected to include all of the existing PlayStation Plus perks, while the second one will bundle a catalog of PlayStation 4-era games with the possibility of some of PlayStation 5 titles. The third tier is expected to include a library of retro PlayStation titles alongside extended demos and game streaming perks. Well at the moment, we are yet to find out how much Sony would be charging for the subscription service, but they would try to maintain a competitive edge over Xbox Game Pass, at least in the early days to attract more subscribers.
One Big Caveat
However, Sony’s offer would be lagging behind Microsoft’s Products in one major area. Unlike the Xbox game Pass, all those that are paying for Sony’s subscription service won’t be offered access to new games on the very first day of the launch. Bloomberg’s report cites the example of “God of War: Ragnarok”, the next installment in one of the biggest series in the history of PlayStation. The upcoming game would not be available to subscribers immediately after launch.
But coming from the business side of things, Sony might have the advantage. Sony has sold far more consoles compared to Microsoft Xbox, meaning that it has a much larger audience of console players ready to pay for its subscription service than Microsoft has.
Plus, Sony will be adding an extra revenue stream to fill its coffers along with-it hardware sales, unlike Microsoft, that have been selling Xbox consoles at loss for years and recoups the costs from its digital services like the Xbox game Pass. Plus Sony’s plans of offering classic games dating as far back as the very first-gen PlayStation will even tempt retro gamers into subscribing.