PS Now cards are leaving stores – is it to make way for a rival Xbox Game Pass?
PlayStation Now gift cards are being withdrawn from UK retailers and will no longer be available next week.
“Stores have until the end of the day on January 19 to remove all POS and ESD cards from all customer-contact areas and update their digital arrays in accordance with this week’s next business update. “, we read in a message from the management of GAME.
According to GamesBeat, retailers in the US and Canada have already started removing PS Now gift cards from their shelves and online stores weeks ago, confirming that this is a global effort, not limited to one region.
When approached for comment, a spokesperson for PlayStation only said: “Overall we are switching from PlayStation Now gift cards to focus on our current PlayStation cash gift cards, which can be redeemed for PlayStation. Now. “
PlayStation Game Pass rumors
PlayStation Now is Sony’s cloud-based streaming service, which provides access to a library of PS2, PS3, and PS4 games for you to play on your PS5, PS4, or PC.
However, PS Now is completely separate from PlayStation Plus, which offers free monthly games and online multiplayer, meaning anyone who wants to access both services has to pay for two subscriptions.
Sony’s decision to withdraw gift cards for PS Now would normally suggest that it is considering withdrawing it altogether, but there have been rumors that it will merge PS Plus and PS Now together instead. This new service will then act as Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s incredibly popular Xbox Game Pass platform.
PS Now has always seemed to be eclipsed by PS Plus, so it makes perfect sense to combine the two. Reports on the new service also claim that it will offer access to PlayStation One and PlayStation Portable games, which PS Now obviously lacks.
Apparently, Sony won’t be including any of its big, proprietary games on the service when they launch, which could risk making the whole look inferior to Game Pass. Microsoft’s service included major new releases like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 upon release, allowing Game Pass subscribers to play these games at no additional cost.