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Sony may be working on its own PC game launcher

Sony has been wading through the fresh waters of PC gaming with real intent over the past few years with some pretty great ports of previously PlayStation-exclusive hits including Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War and, soon, Uncharted. It may be preparing to go further with its own exclusive game launcher: VGC (opens in a new tab) reports that references to a “PlayStation PC launcher” have been found in the files for the recently released PC version of Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Currently, Sony’s PC versions are going where you’d expect: Steam and the Epic Games Store. But the reference to a separate PlayStation launcher opens up the possibility that Sony could follow in the footsteps of Activision and Bethesda by offering its games in its own walled garden. Since PlayStation’s games are already on Steam, I’m guessing Sony will introduce an intermediate launcher similar to Ubisoft’s Ubisoft Connect, which contains a separate user profile and appears each time you launch one of its games from Steam or Epic.

The discovery of a reference to a PC launcher follows shortly after a report of a similar discovery indicating that Sony could be preparing to leave PC gamers behind. link PlayStation Network accounts (opens in a new tab) to its games, with in-game bonuses offered to those who do. This would again be in line with the type of incentives that Ubisoft offers through Ubisoft Connect.

Sony has established a stronger position on PC after releasing five first-party exclusives over the past two years:

  • Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (August 7, 2020)
  • Days Gone (May 18, 2021)
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds (April 29, 2021)
  • God of War (January 14, 2022)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (August 12, 2022)

Switching to a proprietary platform would potentially allow PlayStation to make more money with fewer sales, as the publisher has to pay Valve more than 30% on all Steam sales (reduced to 25% after $10 million earned and 20% after $50 million). ; and a slightly cheaper 12% to Epic for EGS sales). And we’re not talking couch change here: Sony predicted in May that it would make $300 million in PC game sales. (opens in a new tab) in 2022, a huge jump from the $80 million earned in 2021 and $35 million in 2020. Even with its own in-game launcher, I strongly suspect that the vast majority of PlayStation PC sales would still be through Steam. But a standalone launcher could simplify the process of integrating PlayStation Network functionality into its games, for example, and perhaps even player-friendly features similar to Play Anywhere on Xbox, which grants cross-platform access to games regardless of or the platform they are actually on. bought for.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a possible PlayStation PC launcher has popped up: XboxEra Podcast co-host Nick Baker referenced a rumored PlayStation PC launcher back in February. “I was told they were going to have a PC launcher, and I think they’re looking at doing a cross-buy with that,” Baker said. “So if you get a PlayStation version, you get the PC, just like Microsoft has Play Anywhere.”

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I have contacted Sony to comment on the discovery of the PlayStation PC launcher and will update if I receive a response.