Sony has quietly started removing PlayStation Now gift cards from stores. A maneuver which seems the ideal preparation for the launch of “Spartacus”, the new rumored subscription.
If the three console manufacturers now have their machines well established on the market, it is on the services side that things are moving. With the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft has started to disrupt video games as Netflix or Spotify were able to do totally in their time for other industries.
Nintendo already has changes its subscription in 2021, and next on the list just might be Sony. At the end of 2021, a rumor went around the web about Spartacus, codename of a new service from Sony that would bring together PlayStation Plus and PS Now. The plan appears to be coming to fruition.
Sony withdraws PlayStation Now gift cards
Sign of a possible future evolution of its services, Sony has asked British merchants to withdraw gift cards Playstation now rays. This is what the site reveals Venturebeat, which indicates that as of Friday January 21 no more cards are to be available in the UK. That’s not all, journalist Jason Schreier has confirmed that the same process has started in the United States, and for him there is no doubt: it prepares the arrival of Spartacus.
Interesting that Sony pulling PS Now cards in the UK is making headlines on gaming sites today – it happened a few weeks ago in the US. But yes, this is preparing for the launch of Spartacus (aka: a revamped PlayStation Plus), as Bloomberg reported in early December
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 12, 2022
Asked about the topic, Sony says it’s just a matter of focusing on the more generic PlayStation gift cards that can also be redeemed for months of PlayStation Now membership. The schedule still seems strange if the company has really planned to offer a new subscription offer in the coming months.
As a reminder, the Spartacus service should actually be an evolution of the PlayStation Plus with several subscription levels. The services offered by PlayStation Now should be integrated into this new service, to simplify the readability of the offer at Sony.
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