The end ? Sony withdraws prepaid cards from sale

Last December, the very informed Jason Schreier hinted that Sony could soon retaliate following the stratospheric success of Microsoft’s Game Pass. Resellers across the Channel may offer us a new clue with the scheduled disappearance of an option offered by PlayStation Now.

UK gamers will soon no longer be able to purchase PlayStation Now prepaid cards in stores. According to information from journalist Jeff Grubb published on VentureBeat, resellers would have been asked to remove this method of payment from their shelves.

Hide this card that I can’t see

The reasons for this sudden withdrawal are currently unknown, but the shops of the Perfidious Albion have been instructed to quickly remove the item from their shelves. Contacted by Grubb, the famous Game brand claims to have received the following message from Sony:

Stores have until the evening of Wednesday, January 19 to remove PlayStation Now cards from their retail outlets and online stores in preparation for this week’s retail update.

Has the death knell sounded for the subscription launched in 2008? Not necessarily. Indeed, the official speech suggests that it should only be seen as a simple refocusing of the offer proposed by Sony:

We will be transitioning from PlayStation Now Cards to PlayStation Gift Cards, which can be used to subscribe to PS Now.

Sbartacus

But despite these “official” explanations, some see this repatriation as an additional clue that Sony is preparing to launch its counter-offensive against Microsoft’s Game Pass, as Schreier recalls:

According to its own sources, Sony could launch “Spartacus”, an offer combining the formulas of PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus for the spring of 2022. The idea would be to offer a unified service offering games from all five generations of consoles, from PlayStation to PlayStation 5. But unlike Game Pass, SOny would not intend to offer its exclusives on the day of their release. .

Remember that for the time being, PlayStation Now remains accessible with a monthly subscription of 9.99 euros, 24.99 euros for three months or €59.99 for one year. You can try it for free and have unlimited access to its toy library. for 7 days.

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