"It makes sense."
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Recently, rumors started to circulate around the Internet that Sony is working on a PlayStation service that would be functionally similar to Xbox Game Pass. The service, reportedly codenamed Spartacus, would allegedly replace PlayStation Now.

Spartacus would allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a library of classic and new PlayStation titles. There would be three tiers to this new program, with the base offering the same benefits of PlayStation Plus, the second providing access to a catalog of games like Game Pass, and the highest tier providing extended demos, game streaming, and access to an even larger library.

In speaking to IGN, head of Xbox Phil Spencer, offered up some thoughts on Sony's potential Game Pass competitor. In short, he says that "it makes sense."

"As you know," Spencer began, "so many of these things actually intertwine with themselves, from [backwards compatibility] in terms of a way of building out a library of games that we have shipping on PC and console simultaneously [...] knowing that Game Pass is gonna come and we wanna bring Game Pass to multiple platforms – all of these decisions kind of stack on top of themselves.

"I don't mean it to sound like we've got it all figured out, but I think the right answer is allowing your customers to play the games they wanna play, where they wanna play them, and giving them choice about how they build their library, and being transparent with them about what our plans are in terms of our PC initiatives and our cross-gen initiatives and other things.

"So when I hear others doing things like Game Pass or coming to PC, it makes sense to me because I think that's the right answer.

"I don't really look at it as validation. I actually, when I'm talking to our teams, I talk about it as an inevitability. So for us, we should continue to innovate, continue to compete, because the things that we're doing might be advantages that we have in the market today, but they're just based on us going first, not that we've created something that no one else can go create.

"I like it because it feeds our energy on what are the next things that we should be working on as we continue to build out the things that we've done in the past. Because I think the right answer is to ship great games, ship them on PC, ship them on console, ship them on cloud, make them available Day 1 in the subscription. And I expect that's what our competitor will do."
It would be interesting to see what Sony could potentially do with this Spartacus. Prior statements released by Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said that PlayStation exclusives would not be put on a subscription service. If this still holds true now, it will mean that Game Pass still has a major benefit over PlayStation in this area as Microsoft releases all of their first-party exclusives day and date on Game Pass.