It’s been reported that PlayStation has requested that U.K. retails pull PS. Now subscription cards from their locations.
According to GamesBeat, United Kingdom stores will have until January 21, 2022, to remove all these cards. Game, a popular U.K. gaming store chain, has provided the message sent to them by PlayStation.
“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 … .”
So far, only U.K. stores have been asked to pull any and all PlayStation Now cards. But if this is happening overseas, I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to see if other markets will be affected. However, the question of why PlayStation is pulling those cards has yet to be answered.
Many few that this is the result of the rumored merging of PlayStation Now with PlayStation Plus. As reported by Bloomberg back in December 2021, a new service from PlayStation, code-named Spartacus, will debut for the PlayStation. Reportedly, this service will provide gamers will a catalog of PlayStation titles and provide online access. Along with this, there are rumors of a State of PlayStation that will take place in January 2022 and will break the news surrounding the new service.
So far, PlayStation has not said anything about this new offering or the upcoming State of Play.
As for PlayStation Now, I feel it’s a service that PlayStation could easily turn around. In an article I posted back in 2021, I mentioned I think the service has merit. However, like a number of Sony and PlayStation products, it has been overlooked and neglected. If PlayStation ends up dropping the service company, I think that would be silly as it can be salvaged. We’ve seen what Xbox Game Pass has done for Xbox. PlayStation Now has the bones; it just needs to be built up.
Perhaps we might see this merger of P.S. Now and PlayStation Plus shortly.
PlayStation Now is a streaming service for the PlayStation 4/5 and PC, that provides subscribers the ability to stream past PlayStation titles.