Thursday, January 13, 2022
UK video game retailer Game is pulling PlayStation Now cards from sale this week, according to a report from GamesBeat, seemingly backing up previous reports that Sony was planning to launch a new subscription service to rival Xbox Game Pass.
Last month, Bloomberg reported that Sony was planning to merge PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into a new service, codenamed ‘Spartacus’, with multiple tiers. The cheapest tier will work as PS Plus currently does, with three free games each month, while the second tier would wrap up PS Plus and PS Now together, offering players a selection of PS4 and PS5 titles. A third tier is also planned, which would add access to classic PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles.
“Stores have until the close of day Wednesday 19, January to remove all POS and ESD cards from all customer-facing areas and update their digital bays in line with this week’s upcoming commercial update,” reads a message sent by Game leadership to staff. GamesBeat also reports that US and Canadian retailers have also been pulling PlayStation Now cards from sale.
“Globally, we are moving from PlayStation Now gift cards to focus on our current cash denomination PlayStation gift cards, which can be redeemed for PlayStation Now,” said an official statement from PlayStation.
With a new PlayStation State of Play presentation rumoured to be taking place in February, and the PlayStation Now cards being taken down this month, we could be getting the official word on this new service sooner rather than later.
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