As Sony has finally started releasing more of its PlayStation exclusive games on PC, the company could now be planning to release its own PC game launcher. As reported by VGC yesterday, references to a “PlayStation PC launcher” have been found in the files of the just-released PC version of Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered.
The game files, which have been viewed by VGC, also suggest that Sony is also working on a PlayStation Network integration for its PC games. This could eventually allow PC gamers to connect their PSN account on PlayStation games on PC and unlock some in-game bonuses.
So far, Sony has been releasing PC ports of its PlayStation-exclusive games on Steam and the Epic Games Store. However, with recent PlayStation exclusive games often selling more than 10 million copies just on PlayStation consoles, the sales potential for these games on PC is massive. And Sony may not want to give Steam and the Epic Games Store a piece of that pie indefinitely.
In recent years, the biggest video games publishers including Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Blizzard, and Rockstar Games have all launched their own PC game launcher. Microsoft went a step further by adding cross-buy, cross-play, and cross-save functionality for some of its Xbox-exclusive games that ship on both consoles and PC. On Windows 10 and Windows 11, the Xbox app also lets Xbox Game Pass subscribers access PC Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming
Sony never really had a forward-thinking approach regarding PC gaming, but the company is slowly but surely changing its stance. During Sony’s annual investor day earlier this year, the company announced a plan to release nearly half of its upcoming games on PC and mobile devices by 2025.