Sony has begun reeling back PlayStation Now gift cards from retailers in the UK. This has already been happening in the United States, for several weeks now, but this new action is giving more credence to recent rumors that PlayStation has its own version of Game Pass.
VentureBeat reports that by Friday, January 21st, retailers in the UK will have to pull PS Now cards from their shelves. GAME, a UK video game retailer, sent a message out to all of its store this week, which reads:
“Stores have until the close of day Wednesday 19, January to remove all POS and ESD cards from all customer-facing areas and update their digital bays in line with this week’s upcoming commercial update…”
Last month, Bloomberg reported that Sony was planning to release a subscription service that’s similar to Xbox Game Pass. It’s been codenamed “Spartacus,” and is alleged to have a three-tier system.
A Sony spokesperson later told VentureBeat, “Globally, we are moving from PlayStation Now gift cards to focus on our current cash denomination PlayStation gift cards, which can be redeemed for PlayStation Now.”
Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier commented on VentureBeat’s story, mentioning that Sony’s recent action are pointing towards the company preparing for the launch of Spartacus. The service is suspected to release in the Spring of 2022, in which case the PS Now name will be phased out completely. Of course, this would be a good reason to remove gift cards from retailers.