PlayStation Now subscription cards are being withdrawn in the UK

PlayStation Now subscription cards are being removed from UK retailer GAME according to an internal email.

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In an internal message shared with GamesBeat, GAME management informed the store teams that they will no longer sell the subscription cards after January 21st.

“Stores have until the end of the day on Wednesday January 19 to remove all POS and ESD cards from all customer-facing areas and update their digital bays in accordance with the next commercial update of this week….”

Sony didn’t respond to a request for comment from VentureBeat, but many believe that’s in anticipation of the Xbox Game Pass-like “Spartacus” rumor that was reported by Bloomberg last year.

Bloomberg suggests that “Spartacus”, which is expected to launch in spring 2022, will merge PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into a single package. The result should be something similar to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which offers the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and an ever-expanding library of games to download and play as part of the subscription.

Currently, PlayStation Plus costs £6.99 per month, or £49.99 per year, while PlayStation Now costs £22.99 per three months, or also £49.99 per year. An £8.99 monthly option for PS Now currently says “not available to purchase” on the UK PlayStation Store.

Conversely, Xbox Game Pass costs £7.99 per month for the Console or PC package, or £10.99 per month for the Ultimate package which includes Console, PC, Xbox Live Gold and EA Play. Ubisoft recently announced that its Ubisoft+ subscription service will be coming “soon” to the Xbox platform.

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