Sony’s new Online Service Code Name Spartacus details
All right, do not get it twisted! As of right now, it is reported to release sometime in 2022 and we are here to discuss what I have read so far. This is a long time coming as most of us were asking Sony to make something similar to Xbox Game Pass. Out of nowhere here, we are with this “Spartacus” online service that is said to combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services. It is also stated that it will have a monthly fee just like Xbox Game Pass.
What do we know of Spartacus so far?
This is what we get from a Bloomberg blog,
The service, code-named Spartacus, will allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a catalog of modern and classic games, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press about the plans. The offering will likely be available on the smash hit PlayStation 4, which has sold more than 116 million units, and its elusive successor, the PlayStation 5, which launched more than a year ago but is still difficult to buy due to supply chain issues.
Now, if Sony wants to up their game and possibly get one-up on Xbox. I would suggest doing a yearly fee since we already do that with both PS Plus and PS Now anyway. Combine it instead of a monthly fee which is more cost-effective for the gamer. Further in the report, it speaks that Spartacus has a planned release date of Spring of 2022, which is a good time to do so. However, it states that Sony is planning to phase out the PlayStation Now service, but I have some thoughts on that. If Sony could do a better job on releasing some old titles through the online service and that means more PS2 and PS3 titles if they can work getting the rights. We could see a great outcome. There are some good titles already they have on the list in PS Now and even in the PlayStation download store of Kinetica and the Mark of Kri series which was a shock to me.
Details on Spartacus may still not be finalized, but documentation reviewed by Bloomberg outlines a service with three tiers. The first would include existing PlayStation Plus benefits. The second would offer a large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games. The third tier would add extended demos, game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games. A representative for PlayStation didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Oh, that feels like a lot of red flags already, because if some of you remember when PlayStation Now service it was expensive. It was ridiculously expensive. Now, Xbox has 3 tiers as well with the option of ten dollars for just PC or console-only while $14.99 for the Ultimate Pass that grants you access to both as well as EA Play. I do hope that Sony doesn’t go full crazy on prices that make me raise a concerned eyebrow at them. It is pretty sweet to have access to a full library of PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games. However, personally, the games that I enjoyed might not end up in the library. It is an issue I have with both companies not releasing some of my beloved titles. Keep in mind that I am not speaking for everyone, just myself.
Sony has been struggling this year with the PS5 with consoles being hard to obtain thanks to the villainy of scalpers and also due to the pandemic. Microsoft is doing a great job this year with over 18 million games available to their players well as an easy way to expand the storage device without breaking the bank. I have said this for years, every company has a weird launch and this time it is Sony’s turn to realize what is wrong and hopefully fix it as they did with the PS3’s launch. Hopefully, Spartacus will bring some success while offering great games to its users and enticing newcomers.
All I ask is to be reasonable with the price. Sony may have had a rough year, but I feel things will turn around especially when more PS5 titles drop. – Beast Out –