According to recent reports and rumors, PlayStation is working on its response to Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s popular subscription service that gives subscribers access to a huge library of games across multiple platforms for $ 10/15 per month. Whether these reports and rumors are true remains to be seen, but in the meantime they have been supplemented with a new report from an industry insider.
Shpeshal Ed has built a reputation in recent months after passing on several accurate reports and leaks, including the message that Gearbox was purchased and that Final Fantasy 7 Remake would be part of PlayStation Plus’ free games for the month of March.
Speaking on a recent episode of the Xbox era Podcast, Shpeshal Ed shared some details on exactly how PlayStation plans to counter Xbox Game Pass. According to the insider, PlayStation will not be modeling their subscription service to Xbox Game Pass, but to Apple One. In other words, instead of offering a subscription service with a huge library of games, it’s going to combine its various offerings into one package.
Speaking of this, the insider suggests that the package could combine Funimation, the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment and PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now into one larger package. In other words, give consumers a package that combines movies, TV, anime and gaming.
Now if this doesn’t sound like Xbox Game Pass at all, it’s because it’s not real. As noted, it is much more like Apple One.
Unfortunately, this is where the report ends, and at the moment there is no word from Shpeshal Ed when all of this will be revealed. And, of course, everything in here has to be taken with a grain of salt. While the source in question is reputable and increasingly reliable, this does not change the fact that this is all unofficial and subject to change.
At the time of publication, PlayStation has not addressed this in any way, and is unlikely to happen, but if it does, we’ll update the article with everything PlayStation has to say, salient or not.
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