Sony has been inching more and more into the PC space and now it is expecting that 30% of its releases will be on that platform by 2025 and 20% will be on mobile. This comes in conjunction with Sony seemingly phasing out PlayStation 4 games by that very same year.
As picked up by Video Games Chronicle, Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan spoke in a business briefing about the subject. He posted the above slide, showing three graphs, with each color coordinating to PS4, PS4 and PS5, PS5, PC, and mobile. And by fiscal year 2025, the 30% of its releases will be on PC, 20% will be on mobile, and the remaining 50% will be on PS5. PS4 is nowhere to be seen in that part of the graph, which also indicates Sony will abandon the old platform by then.
Ryan talked about the decision, saying it was to get the company’s games in more places.
“PlayStation Studios historically has executed wonderfully in the delivery of a strong portfolio of narrative rich, graphically beautiful single-player games, but it’s certainly the case that we have restricted ourselves to a rather narrow portion of the gaming market,” said Ryan. “By expanding to PC and mobile, and it must be said… also to live services, we have the opportunity to move from a situation of being present in a very narrow segment of the overall gaming software market, to being present pretty much everywhere.”
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He went on, speaking to how even just a few successful launches can be “completely transformational to [Sony’s] business structure,” even bringing up the 12 live service games it is releasing in next few years.
“I think if we do this right, if we execute with intelligence and we execute with excellence, the opportunities for significant growth in the number of people who play our games, the number of people who enjoy our games, and the number of people who spend money on our games, is exponentially a large one,” said Ryan. “I would say for example, if we are successful in making a portion of the 12 live service games that we have in development in PlayStation Studios … if only a portion of those enjoy critical and commercial success, then the impact of that over time will be completely transformational to our business structure.”
Sony has been slowly inching into the PC space. Ryan told GQ in February 2021 that a “whole slate” of PlayStation games would come to PC. This was right after the company published Predator: Hunting Grounds in April 2020 and Horizon Zero Dawn on the platform in August 2020 and just before porting Days Gone in May 2021. God of War hit PC in January 2022 and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is slated for later this year. Sony acquired Nixxes in July 2021, which is a team noted for its PC ports. Its mobile crusade isn’t as extensive yet, but Ryan also said that some iconic franchises will be coming in the platform future (but it has seemingly missed its fiscal year 2021 target) and the company has been hiring up for said task.
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Losing PS4 ports is also not too unexpected. While God of War Ragnarök is still slated to come to old and new hardware, Sony’s currently announced games like Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine have only been announced for PS5.
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