As Sony prepares to compete, Xbox Game Pass reaches a big subscription milestone

Microsoft revealed that over 25 million individuals had subscribed to Xbox Game Pass on the same day it announced its intended acquisition of Activision-Blizzard.

In the near future, Microsoft’s game subscription service is expected to attract even more players, with a surge likely to occur in anticipation of Activision-catalog Blizzard’s of games joining the service once the deal is finalised – similar to what happened when Bethesda joined Microsoft last year.

Given the popularity of Xbox Game Pass, it’s no surprise that Sony is said to be working on a PlayStation-specific version of the program.

Can Sony’s effort, however, truly expect to reclaim a win in the gaming subscription industry with Microsoft continuing to improve on its already outstanding offering?

Is it possible for Sony to demand a slice of Microsoft’s pie?

According to reports, Sony’s game subscription service, codenamed Spartacus, would arrive in Spring 2022 (either March, April, or May) and give customers access to a variety of new and vintage games for a monthly charge, similar to Game Pass.

This copycat technique would certainly work extremely well on PlayStation systems; the PS5 and PS4 are said to have outsold their Xbox counterparts by a wide margin, so Sony might see subscription numbers skyrocket with a far bigger user base to tempt.

That, though, is contingent on how exciting the transaction may be for players. While it’s expected that Spartacus would unite PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus into a single service, similar to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, what else will users receive in exchange for your money?

It’s unclear whether Spartacus will include day-and-date releases for new first-party games, and with Activision-Blizzard on the verge of merging with Microsoft, many classic PlayStation titles like Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and Call of Duty are unlikely to be included for long, if at all.

If Sony wants a piece of Microsoft’s game subscription pie, it’ll have to pull something large out of the bag; if it can’t provide gamers the same type of value, it’ll alienate them rather than wow them.

For the time being, we’ll have to wait and see what Sony reveals, but with a release date looming in the not-too-distant future, it’ll only be a matter of time until we learn more about Spartacus – and whether or not we’ll want to participate in its services.