Sony's PlayStation department is working on a new game subscription,



on Friday based on internal documents.

The subscription has been codenamed Spartacus and has to compete with Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription.

With Spartacus, PlayStation owners pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of new and classic games.

This is similar to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription, which offers fixed-price subscribers unlimited access to a digital game catalog for Xbox consoles, PC, and Android and iOS devices.

Sony wants to combine parts of its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions with Spartacus.

PlayStation Plus is required to play most online multiplayer games on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

The subscription also offers free games every month.

PlayStation Now allows subscribers to play older games.

According to documents seen by


, Sony plans to keep the PlayStation Plus name and discontinue PlayStation Now.

Whether that means that the PlayStation Plus subscription will be separate from Spartacus is not clear.

The service will be available for the PS4 and PS5.

The documents state that Sony plans to release its new game subscription next spring.

The company has not yet responded to


's reporting