Sony may be developing its own PC games launcher akin to Steam and the Epic Games Store for use with its range of PlayStation PC re-releases.
As reported by VGC, the files for the PC version of Spider-Man Remastered include references to a “PlayStation PC launcher”. While game files often mention content that has been scrapped, like a potential multiplayer mode in Spider-Man, it at least shows that having an independent PC launcher is an idea being floated at Sony.
Further files also reference “PSNAccountLinked” and “PSNLinkingEntitlements” despite Sony not offering any connectivity between users’ PlayStation Network accounts and their PlayStation Studios PC games so far.
Nothing is confirmed, of course, but Sony has invested significantly into PC publishing recently by establishing a new PlayStation PC label and purchasing PC porting specialist Nixxes. Sony also recently said that, alongside investing in first party software, its other main strategy for growing its business is releasing its software on multiple platforms – and it expects to make $300 million from PC games this financial year alone.
Only a handful of PlayStation Studios games are available on PC so far, headlined by 2018’s God of War but also with Spider-Man Remastered, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Days Gone. Spider-Man Miles Morales is expected to be released on the platform later this year as well, however, alongside arguably PlayStation’s biggest franchise in the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
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