Everything we know about Project Spartacus: Price, games, consoles included, exclusives

Sam Smith
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Sony’s alternative to Xbox Game Pass for PS5 is here. Here’s everything we know about the revamped PlayStation Plus tier system AKA Project Spartacus.

Xbox Game Pass has existed for a while now, but in recent years the service has exploded in popularity, changing the way many people experience games. The service offers value and convenience, meaning Sony was bound to take notice eventually and create their own Game Pass service for PS5. This is where Project Spartacus comes in.

On March 29, 2022, formally announced the long-awaited rival, outlining its plans, pricing structure


PlayStation reportedly launching their own version of Xbox Game Pass
What do we know about Sony’s Game Pass service?

What is Project Spartacus?

Sony’s new PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now combined service will provide players with a different range of options with regards to how they want to experience their PlayStation gaming.

Gamers will be able to select one of three different memberships that each come with a range of benefits in exchange for either a monthly or annual fee.

Has Spartacus replaced PS Now?

The PlayStation Plus name has been completely retained, but any ties to PS Now have all been fully integrated into the new and improved PS Plus model. Gamers will still be able to access a range of classic games from multiple PlayStation eras, but a subscription will still be required.

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PS Plus on PS5 also provides access to the PlayStation Library, containing multiple PS4 classics.

What does Project Spartacus include?

Along with their announcement blog, Sony detailed all three tiers that players will be able to subscribe to and they include all the existing features of a PS Plus membership. Depending on which one you choose, you will also have access to a range of PS1, PS3, PS4, PS5, and PSP games.

How much will Spartacus cost?

PlayStation Plus Essential

The essential package is basically what any PlayStation Plus owner is getting now. Free monthly games, access to Sony’s online services, cloud saving, and discounts. If the extended tiers and additional content fees incurred don’t interest you, then essential is the model for you.

  • Two monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage for saved games
  • Online multiplayer access

PlayStation Plus Essential Prices

  • United States:
    • $9.99 monthly
    • $24.99 quarterly
    • $59.99 yearly
  • Europe
    • €8.99 monthly
    • €24.99 quarterly
    • €59.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom
    • £6.99 monthly
    • £19.99 quarterly
    • £49.99 yearly
  • Japan
    • ¥850 monthly
    • ¥2,150 quarterly
    • ¥5,143 yearly

PlayStation Plus Extra

As well as all the standard PlayStation Plus Essential features, fans can upgrade to the ‘Extra’ tier and add a huge library of PS4 and PS5 games to their subscription.

  • Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
  • Adds a catalog of up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play

PlayStation Plus Extra prices

  • United States
    • $14.99 monthly
    • $39.99 quarterly
    • $99.99 yearly
  •  Europe
    • €13.99 monthly
    • €39.99 quarterly
    • €99.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom
    • £10.99 monthly
    • £31.99 quarterly
    • £83.99 yearly
  • Japan
    • ¥1,300 monthly
    • ¥3,600 quarterly
    • ¥8,600 yearly
  • PlayStation Plus Premium

    The super-duper tier in the new PlayStation Plus service, Premium is the most expensive bundle and comes with everything.

    • Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
    • Adds up to 340 additional games, including PS3 games available via cloud streaming, a catalog of beloved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP generations
    • Offers cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP, and PS4 games offered in the Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles, and PC
    • Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.

    PlayStation Plus Premium Prices

    • United States
      • $17.99 monthly
      • $49.99 quarterly
      • $119.99 yearly
    •  Europe
      • €16.99 monthly
      • €49.99 quarterly
      • €119.99 yearly
    •  United Kingdom
      • £13.49 monthly
      • £39.99 quarterly
      • £99.99 yearly
    •  Japan
      • ¥1,550 monthly
      • ¥4,300 quarterly
      • ¥10,250 yearly
    Ps5 exclusive games
    Could games like Demon’s Souls or Returnal come to Sony’s service?

    Are PlayStation day one exclusives included?

    After studying the official notes to be sure, it seems that Sony have opted not to include any day one launch exclusives in any of their subscription models.

    Xbox Game Pass has been a huge hit with gamers for offering this very service. But, for the time being, it doesn’t appear that PlayStation fans will have the same opportunities.

    But Sony has said that subscribers can expect: “At launch, we plan to include titles such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal.”

    These are obviously the first steps on the road to a bigger and bolder PlayStation Plus service.

    destiny 2
    Destiny developer Bungie has now been acquired by Sony.

    When will Spartacus be released?

    Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus offerings will release across a global rollout for different regions starting on May 23, 2022.

    Sony is targeting the Asian markets (excluding Japan) as the first batch of recipients while Japan, the Americas and Europe following shortly after.

    PlayStation Plus release rollout follows below:

    • Asia markets (excluding Japan): targeting May 23, 2022
    • Japan: targeting June 1, 2022
    • Americas: targeting June 13, 2022
    • Europe: targeting June 22, 2022

    Coupled with the expansion of PlayStation’s cloud streaming access to Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, a lot of PS players are in for massive amounts of content.

    Once the new PlayStation Plus model lands, people will have tons of options to buy into Sony’s overhauled online subscription.

    With so many games to look forward to, be sure to check out our content for the following PS5 exclusives.

    God of War: Ragnarok | Wolverine | Spider-Man 2 | Horizon Forbidden West | Forspoken | Gran Turismo 7 | KOTR Remake

About The Author

Sam is a Senior Games Writer for Dexerto specializing in Survival Horror, Diablo, Final Fantasy, and Soulslikes. An NCTJ accredited journalist, Sam also holds a degree in journalism from the University of Central Lancashire and has many years of experience as a professional writer. Being able to marry his love of writing with his addiction to video games was always one of his life goals. He also loves all things PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo in equal measure. Contact at sam.smith@dexerto.com