Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that it will be discontinuing PlayStation Now retail gift cards, starting on the 21st of January 2022, in the United Kingdom to focus on the standard PlayStation gift cards. Several insiders have claimed that this is part of Sony Interactive Entertainments plans to phase out PS Now to launch their new streaming service, codenamed “Spartacus”. The new subscription service is reportedly a tiered system that includes PlayStation Plus at the base level.
Here are what the reported tiers will get you:
- Tier 1: PlayStation Plus
- Tier 2: PlayStation Plus and access to a catalogue of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games.
- Tier 3: PlayStation Plus, access to a catalogue of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games and access to a collection of classic games from the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.
It’s unclear as to whether the service will let you access the classic library natively on your console or through streaming only, as is the case with PlayStation Now. Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, previously stated that there’s news to come from Sony about a competitor to Game Pass. Sony has also been rumored to be working on a subscription service that would offer anime and video game content following the acquisition of Crunchyroll.