Sony Is Telling Retailers To Pull PlayStation Now Gift Cards

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. 

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