Some fairly major news has come out of Sony’s corporate report over the weekend. There’s obviously a lot of ways in which Sony plans to grow revenue, but there’s two key takeaways in terms of their PlayStation division.
The first is that the company expands to grow revenue by “increasing active users and play time, and reinforcing content IP so that consumers select PlayStation as their platform of choice”. The report goes on to say that Sony will “explore expanding our first party titles to the PC platform in order to promote further growth in our profitability”
Sony’s foray in recent times has included Horizon Zero Dawn on PC (three years after release). They also allowed Death Stranding to release on PC, even though this wasn’t published by Sony on PC technically.
The second interesting part of the report is that Sony will continue to acquire and invest in studios. The report says: “Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to invest in, or acquire, firms with abundant creativity and cutting-edge technologies to build up Worldwide Studios, an association of first-party title production studios.”
Sony hasn’t gone too heavily on the acquisition front in recent times, but they did acquire Insomniac which is going to be responsible for at least two games in the PS5 launch window, in the form of Spider-Man: Miles Morales as well as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.
It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this shapes out over the next few years. I don’t see too many first-party PlayStation games coming to PC, but I do see them bringing games over where it makes sense.