PS5 Game Pass may not have big hits like God of War Ragnarok

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Sony’s yet-to-be-announced plan to compete with Xbox Game Pass could be revealed as early as next week. according to a new report by Bloomberg. However, the subscription service, codenamed Spartacus, seems unlikely to feature major first-party blockbusters like 2022’s God of War Ragnarok on start day.

The rival Netflix-like gaming service was originally revealed in a previous release Bloomberg Report published last December. Spartacus would combine existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions into a new tiered program. The different pricing tiers would include things like video game streaming, demos, and access to a back catalog of legacy PlayStation games.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment and has so far remained silent on the reported plans. In addition to Sony apparently preparing to officially unveil Spartacus any day, Bloomberg also reports that the new subscription service is unlikely to match one of Microsoft’s Game Pass biggest selling points: access to big exclusive day-one games like Halo infinity and ForzaHorizon 5. “The new service is not expected to offer its biggest titles on the day they come out,” he writes Bloomberg.

Game Pass launched in 2018 and recently reached 25 million subscribers. Starting at $10 per month, monthly subscribers get access to a rotating catalog of hundreds of big blockbuster and third party indie games, as well as instant access to every first-party Microsoft game when it’s released. After an acquisition spree by the tech giant, the list of first-party games has continued to grow and now includes heavyweights like Bethesdas starfieldappear in November.

One reason Sony might not follow suit could be the fact that its big new games like The Last of Us Part II and Spirit of Tsushima have sold much better than Microsoft’s in the past. Sony offers some first-party hits on its current Game Pass competitor PS Now, but they usually don’t available up to several years after publicationand then only for a short time.

In a possible preparation for the Spartacus rollout, PlayStation fans have caught the eye a series of strange coincidences including new patent filings related to backwards compatibility, PSN store disruptions and PS Now subscription cards being withdrawn from sale in gaming stores. A big hope among some of them is that Spartacus will offer access to PS1 classics that haven’t been available on new hardware since the PS4 launched. Sounds like we’ll find out soon enough. PS5 Game Pass may not have big hits like God of War Ragnarok

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