Following reports that PlayStation is asking UK retailers to begin removing PS Now retail cards, PlayStation has confirmed that it is streamlining its gift card offerings.
According to a message sent out by Game store retailers to staff, UK stores were asked to remove PlayStation Now subscription cards by January 21. In a statement to IGN, PlayStation says, “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.”
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Xbox offers something similar already with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which bundles its Netflix-style subscription service with Xbox Live Gold and xCloud gaming.
According to earlier reports, PlayStation has plans for three tiers, which start with online gaming and free monthly games, a higher tier with a Game Pass-style catalog, and an even higher tier with streaming and a bigger library that includes backward compatible games.
There’s a chance that both of these are true, and that Sony plans to offer a unified retail gift card (I imagine there are folks who mistakenly purchase a PS Now gift card when they wanted a PS Plus gift card) as well as make way for this new online service.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.