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PlayStation has been tipped for a busy week of announcements, according to journalists covering the games industry.
Prominent reporter Greg Miller of Kinda Funny announced on Sunday that he would be delaying this week’s edition of his popular PlayStation podcast PS I Love You XOXO due to “three rumours I’ve heard” about impending announcements.
“Man, looking like it might be a VERY interesting week for PlayStation if even one of the three rumors I’ve heard is true,” he wrote. “As such, we’re gonna delay recording PS I Love You XOXO until Thursday.”
Miller’s post follows a Bloomberg report claiming that Sony could announce its Game Pass rival codenamed ‘Spartacus’ this week. VGC’s own sources corroborated this story and said that news was expected early this week.
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It’s claimed the new subscription service will combine two of Sony’s existing offerings, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus, and phase out the branding of the latter.
The new service is expected to launch for PS4 and PS5 this spring and to be structured across three payment tiers, offering benefits such as free monthly games, extended demos and a library of classic PlayStation games.
VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb claimed last month that the service’s highest tier will cost $16 per month.
“Right now they are called ‘essential’, ‘extra’ and ‘premium’,” Grubb said on his Giant Bomb show. “The pricing, again could be a placeholder, but the pricing is $10 a month for essential, $13 a month for extra and $16 a month for premium.”
Grubb suggested the premium tier could include free trials of all PlayStation first-party titles.
“For premium, $16 a month… do you get full games? Not really… it’s like EA Play. You get full game trials. I don’t know if that’s for every single game that comes out, but it seems like that.” he said.
“You also get classic games and streaming. None of the other tiers will have cloud streaming.”