PlayStation is phasing out PS Now gift cards amid speculation about a Game Pass-style service

Following reports that PlayStation is asking UK retailers to start phasing out PS Now retail cards, PlayStation has confirmed that it is streamlining its gift card offerings.

According to a message sent by game store retailers to staff, UK stores have been urged to withdraw PlayStation Now subscription cards by January 21. In a statement to IGN, PlayStation said: Our current PlayStation cash gift cards, which can be redeemed for PlayStation Now.

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Xbox is already offering something similar with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which bundles its Netflix-style subscription service with Xbox Live Gold and xCloud games.

According to previous reports, PlayStation has planned three levels, which start with online games and free monthly games, a higher level with a Game Pass style catalog and an even higher level with streaming and a larger library including backward compatible games.

It’s possible that both are true and Sony is considering offering a unified retail gift card (I imagine there are some people who mistakenly buy a PS Now gift card when they wanted to a PS Plus gift card) as well as make way for this new online service.

Matt TM Kim is the editor-in-chief of IGN. You can reach it @lawoftd.

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