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PlayStation Plus “Spartacus” Includes Three Tiers, Premium Price, Focus On Classic Games

More details on the long-rumoured PlayStation Plus overhaul – codenamed Spartacus – has emerged, and it sounds like exactly what the PS subscribers have been crying out for.

Speaking on the Giantbomb show Grubbsnax (via VGC), reporter Jeff Grubb revealed a wealth of new information on the changes to the service. It’s worth noting Grubb’s claims that much of what he’s heard could change between now and the official announcement, so make of this what you will.

It’s probably getting pretty close to this actually launching, something’s probably going to happen by the end of this month and I don’t think that necessarily means publicly, I think in terms of the internal milestone of where the service needs to be,

Jeff Grubb

Spartacus will be made up of three tiers, with the most expensive tier costing subscribers $16 (around £12) a month. These tiers are currently called Essential ($10/£7), Extra ($13/£10) and Premium ($16/£12). Both the pricing and names could be a placeholder, Grubb stresses.

Xbox Game Pass offers consumers similar options. The Ultimate tier is $10.99 / £10.99 per month and offers access to the entire Game Pass library plus EA Play and Game Pass streaming. The PC tier is $7.99/ £7.99, and nets you a smaller selection of the games you’d find in the console library. The Console tier is the same price as the PC tier, and gets you the whole Xbox Game Pass library without EA Play or the ability to stream games anywhere.

But what will PS Plus subscribers actually get in each of these new tiers? According to Grubb, Premium is a little bit like EA Play in that you get full game trials for first-party releases. Subscribers to the highest tier will also get “classic games and streaming”.

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