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Leaked plans for PlayStation Plus subscription service to rival Xbox Game Pass

Sony might be announcing a new subscription service for PlayStation in the hopes of challenging Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, a new report has claimed.

The first leak about the subscription service came in December, which suggested that the service will have several tiers. Now, findings from Bloomberg point towards to an announcement of this service sometime this week.

A "splashy new lineup of hit games" is also expected to be added to increase people's interest in the new model, which will be across PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

Here's everything you need to know about PlayStation Plus subscription service and how it differs from its rival Xbox Game Pass.

What is the PlayStation Plus subscription service?

The new subscription service, which has been codenamed 'Spartacus', is said to combine Sony's current offerings of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into one bundle, with added perks via different paid tiers.

The first tier will offer players the same online play and free monthly titles, which Sony already does. Tier two will then add a new collection of games, while the third tier will also have demos, the ability to stream games as well as classic PlayStation titles on top of all the benefits from the previous tiers.

Rumours around Spartacus have been doing the round since January when Sony started removing all PS Now retail cards.

How does the PlayStation Plus subscription differ from Xbox Game Pass?

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One of the biggest differences between the PlayStation Plus subscription and Xbox Game Pass is that the latter gives subscribers access to all Microsoft studio games such as Halo Infinite and the upcoming Fable 4.

Sony's subscription service will not offer this kind of options with its popular titles like God of War Ragnarok and Marvel's Spider-Man 2.

Right now, PlayStation Plus allows subscribers to play games online, access a couple of titles for free on a monthly basis, gain discounts and use the PS Plus Collection on PS5.

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While PS Plus is priced at £49.99 a year for a collection of 20 top games, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available for £10.99 a month.

For this price, Xbox offers access to more than 100 curated games, benefits of Xbox Live Gold, the ability to play across both mobile and PC as well as the bonus of playing all-new Xbox Game Studio releases on the day they launch.

Add to that, there's also a cheaper tier costing £7.99 a month that players can opt for.

With such benefits, Xbox Game Pass is often referred to as "the best deal in gaming", which is something that Sony wants to compete with using its Spartacus subscription.

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