Sony planned to bring PlayStation Now to mobile, court documents say


The Epic lawsuit against Apple has brought to light a number of unannounced plans companies have in the works thanks to the release of court documents. Some of the biggest revelations that came from this were that Google approached Tencent in an attempt to buy out Epic, Apple made over $ 300 million from Fortnite, and Epic reportedly offered Sony $ 200 million for PlayStation exclusives.

Another of these documents, discovered by The edge, has now suggested that Sony plans to bring its PlayStation Now streaming service to mobile devices. According to the documents, Apple had inside knowledge of a “[not-yet-announced] Mobile extension of an existing streaming service for PlayStation users, streaming access to over 450 PS3 games to start with, with PS4 games to follow.

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The document, which was labeled “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL – LAWYER’S EYES ONLY” showed PlayStation Now listed as a “mobile” subscription. The report alleges that Apple raised this issue because it was right in the middle of the time the company was working on launching its own games subscription service, Apple Arcade.

According to the report, while those plans were in motion at one point, Sony clearly changed its mind. Maybe he didn’t want to get into an access battle with Apple, or the focus was only on consoles. Regardless at the time, Sony has now changed its subscription plan to try and compete with Microsoft’s Game Pass offerings. A PLayStation-based subscription service is currently in the works for PS4 and PS5, and is codenamed “Spartacus” according to internal documents. Much like Game Pass, the service will give subscribers access to a catalog of older and newer games.

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The report also suggests that the Spartacus project will have three tiers. The first will be the basic PS Plus access as it is now. The second level will provide a “large catalog of PlayStation 4 and eventually PlayStation 5 games”, and the highest level will offer “extended demos, streaming games and a library of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.” .

There’s no word on the pricing structure or when this service will launch, but given the popularity of Game Pass, it’s probably been in the works for some time.

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