I’ve always been a big fan of the PlayStation, but the Xbox’s features like game pass, reliable cloud gaming, and true backwards compatibility are slowly taking me in the other direction. Thankfully, Sony looks set to launch Spartacus in the spring of 2022, a gamepass-like service that could replace the PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.
As reported. BloombergSpartacus Service will offer players an unlimited selection of old and new PlayStation titles. It will be available on both PS4 and PS5, and will emphasize free downloadable titles, cloud gaming, and backward compatibility with PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.
The details of the Spartacus service are very thin though. Bloomberg Says Sony is considering three different levels of payment. The first level will give players access to online multiplayer, and like the PlayStation Plus, it can provide players with a few free games each month. The second tier will introduce a library of free PS4 and PS5 titles, while the third tier will include cloud gaming and classic titles from older consoles.
My only concern is that Sony will rely on cloud gaming to provide original PlayStation and PSP titles on PS4 and PS5. Many of the classic titles available on PlayStation Now are only available for streaming, and frankly Sony’s game streaming platform isn’t good enough. Emulation would be a much better option, although of course, it’s hard to imitate older PlayStation consoles.
We’re not even sure if Sony will actually call this service Spartacus. It looks like Sony PlayStation will stick with Now branding, which players already associate with free games.
Source: Bloomberg via Kotaku