Sony's Xbox Game Pass Competitor Could Be Ready To Launch Soon

Back in December last year, a report from Bloomberg revealed that Sony was planning to create its own version of Xbox Game Pass that was set to launch in Spring 2022, and it seems like it could be ready to launch pretty soon.

Journalist Jeff Grubb revealed on the latest episode of his Giant Bomb "Grubbsnax" show that he believes the service is "getting pretty close to this actually launching", possibly with some kind of internal launch set to happen this month.

Here's a bit of what he had to say, courtesy of the folks at Video Games Chronicle:

“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."

Grubb advised that he's heard of a three-tier service — "Essential" might end up being $10 per-month and serve as PlayStation Plus "just like you know it today", while the most expensive "Premium" option could be $16 per-month and offer bonuses of cloud streaming, classic games and EA Play-style "game trials" for new releases.

“For premium, $16 a month… do you get full games? Not really, kinda… it’s like EA Play. You get full game trials. I don’t know if that’s for every single game that comes out, but it seems like that.”

Grubb mentioned there could be placeholder information involved here, so take all of this with a pinch of salt. That said, it does line up with what Bloomberg had to say back in December, which also suggested a three-tier service with the latter containing special extended demos, game streaming and a classic library of PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.

Whatever happens, it's going to be interesting to see how Sony's offering compares to Xbox Game Pass!

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