The Epic vs. Apple lawsuit has brought to light a number of unannounced plans that the companies had in the works thanks to court documents being made public. Some of the biggest revelations to come out from this have been Google approaching Tencent in an attempt to buy out Epic, Apple making over $300 million thanks to Fortnite, and Epic reportedly offering Sony $200 million for PlayStation exclusives.
Another one of these documents, uncovered by The Verge, has now suggested that Sony planned to bring its PlayStation Now streaming service to mobile devices. According to the documents, Apple had insider knowledge about a "[not-yet-announced] mobile extension of an existing streaming service for PlayStation users, streaming access to over 450+ PS3 games to start, with PS4 games to follow.”
The document, which was labelled "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL — ATTORNEY’S EYES ONLY” showed PlayStation Now listed as a "mobile" subscription. Ther report alleges that Apple brought this up because it was right in the middle of the period when the company was working on launching its own game subscription service, Apple Arcade.
According to the report, while these plans were in motion at some point, Sony clearly changed its mind. Perhaps it didn't want to get into an access battle with Apple, or the focus shifted solely onto consoles. Whatever may have been the case back then, Sony has now altered its subscription based plan to try and compete with Microsoft's Game Pass offerings. A PLayStation based subscription service is currently in the works for PS4 and PS5, and is code-named "Spartacus" according to internal documents. Much like Game Pass, the service will give subscribers access to a catalogue of older and more recent games.
The report also suggests that project Spartacus will comprise three tiers. The first will be base PS Plus access as it currently is. The second tier will provide a "large catalog of PlayStation 4 and, eventually, PlayStation 5 games," and the highest tier will offer "extended demos, game streaming and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games."
There's no word on the pricing structure or the launch date of this service, but considering the popularity of Game Pass, it has probably been in the works for a while.
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