To update: Sony has now commented that it is globally focusing on “PlayStation Now Gift Cards”. [its] PlayStation Gift Cards with current cash value are redeemable for PlayStation Nav.
The original story: Sony has long been selling coded cards for its digital services such as the PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. While not a groundbreaking contribution to the genre, Sony’s Spartacus subscriptions make it a reality.
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According to the Games Beat report, stores like Cam received the following command:
“Stores can remove all POS and ESD cards from all customer-facing areas until the end of January 19th and update their digital boxes in line with this week’s upcoming business update.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Retailers in the United States such as Best Buy, Amazon and Gamestop are still selling codes online. Jeff Grupp of Games Beat said he had heard that retailers in the US and Canada were cashing in on these cards weeks ago.
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The move seems to add more credibility to Bloomberg’s December report, with Sony planning to launch an upgraded subscription service that will add some new features to the PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now in the spring. The service, codenamed Spartacus, will reportedly have three tiers and will gradually reduce the PlayStation Now name, while incorporating some of the streaming features inherent in the old service. As Sony removes PlayStation Now cards from stores, Bloomberg’s firm statement will begin to bear fruit and lay the groundwork for Spartacus, although Sony has yet to announce anything definitive.
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