Xbox executive Sarah Bond says in a GDC presentation that Sony has announced its subscription, which may be a slip or a confirmation of that mix of PS Plus and PS Now.
Xbox seems to know something about Sony’s plans that other gamers don’t (although that’s something that could change next week , according to sources). Or maybe it was a slip of the executives of the Microsoft company. The brand has published a delayed conference for the Game Developers Conference 2022 (GDC) focused on Game Pass, the Xbox ecosystem and the change in how and where people play. Sarah Bond, corporate vice president of Xbox, speaks in that presentation of subscription services and states that Sony has already announced theirs , the rumored Project Spartacus .
“[Subscriptions] have lowered the barrier to entry and created a whole new market and a love for games and gaming experiences that might not otherwise have existed,” says Bond according to the conference excerpt alongside Phil Spencer. , CEO of Microsoft Gaming, picked up by PushSquare . “It’s one of the reasons I’m excited to see video games become a bigger part of our industry: we have our subscriptions, Sony has announced theirs , and I anticipate other platforms are going to follow suit but it’s very, very good for both developers and gamers.”
Contrary to what Bond says, for now, Sony has not announced its new subscription. The executive may be referring to PlayStation Now or PlayStation Plus , but both services have been around for years. It may have been a slip , but the talk was not live. It is possible that Xbox executives know part of Sony’s plans, which according to information from different sources go through a mixture of PS Plus and PS Now that will launch this spring .
Journalist Jason Schreier of Bloomberg gave the keys to Project Spartacus in December. The plans at that time went through a subscription in three levels . The first would be similar to the current PS Plus (online game, monthly games, etc.). The second , more expensive, would add to that a catalog of PS4 (and later PS5) games always available. The third tier , the one with the highest cost to the user, would be expanded with cloud play, extended demos, and a library of PSX, PS2, PSP, and PS3 games .
That information suggested that Sony will announce its new product in the spring . Schreier ‘s data was seconded in February by Jeff Grubb , a journalist for VentureBeat and GiantBomb , who pointed out at the time that the launch of Project Spartacus is very close. In addition, the price was set at three levels: 10, 13 and 16 dollars respectively . Some subscribers of PS Plus and PS Now experienced something strange earlier this month that has not been explained by Sony: both subscriptions were combined , and in other cases, PS Now subscriptions were replaced by PS Plus subscriptions.