Ex-PlayStation boss doesn’t think Sony will ever do day one PC releases

Former PlayStation government Shawn Layden doesn’t assume Sony Interactive Entertainment will ever select to launch its video games for console and PC concurrently.

Whereas Microsoft has opted to deliver Xbox Sport Studios titles to console and PC at launch, Sony has taken a extra cautious strategy to releasing its video games off console.

It examined the water with Horizon Zero Dawn, which released for PC in August 2020, over three years after its PS4 debut.

Days Gone then hit PC this May, over two years after its PS4 launch, whereas 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Finish and 2017’s Uncharted: The Misplaced Legacy will make the jump to PC in 2022 – “shortly after” they arrive for PS5.

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Former PlayStation US boss Layden, who was chairman of the corporate’s worldwide studios group when he left Sony in 2019, mentioned the origins of the corporate’s PC recreation technique in a latest video interview with What’s Up PlayStation.

“The concept of going to PC—and I don’t assume you’ll ever see PlayStation do a day and date with PC, however you understand, by no means say by no means—however the technique as we have been growing it once I was there was that we have to exit to the place these new clients are, these new followers could possibly be,” he mentioned.

“We have to go to the place they’re as a result of they’ve determined to not go to return to my home so I’ve acquired to go to their home now.

“And what’s one of the best ways to go to their home? Why don’t I take considered one of our high promoting video games, which has already blown up {the marketplace}, it’s already been on the market for 18 months or 24 months, there’s no actual retail exercise towards that title, I’m not buying and selling off one sale for one more, and convey that to the non-public laptop platform and allow them to have an thought – you guys select to not come to PlayStation however let me present you what you’re lacking.”

For Layden, “there’s no dropping on this transaction” as PC recreation gross sales aren’t coming on the expense of console software program purchases, and ideally they may encourage PC gamers to purchase a console down the road.

“It’s a approach of outreach, that’s how I see it – making an attempt to get to the those that the platform doesn’t at the moment communicate to,” he mentioned.

Ex-PlayStation boss doesn’t think Sony will ever do day one PC releases
Days Gone launched for PC in Could 2021

PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst said in June that the platform holder was “nonetheless early on in our planning for PC” however that consoles would stay the precedence for brand new releases.

“Horizon Zero Daybreak has been very profitable [on PC],” he mentioned. “I believe it exhibits there’s an urge for food from avid gamers outdoors the PlayStation ecosystem to expertise the wonderful portfolio of video games that PlayStation followers have loved for years.

“However I need to emphasize that PlayStation will stay the very best place to play our PlayStation Studios titles at launch. However we do worth PC gamers, and we’ll proceed to have a look at the proper instances to launch every recreation. Bend Studio simply launched the PC model of Days Gone on Could 18. In order that’s about two years after the PS4 launch.

“And I hope {that a} new set of followers can and can get pleasure from that title. And that’s the aim — we need to attain new avid gamers who haven’t but skilled the good tales, characters, and worlds that we’ve constructed. Releasing video games on PC won’t come ever on the expense of constructing an thrilling lineup of nice console video games.”

PlayStation recently acquired Nixxes Software, which is greatest identified for its work on the PC variations of Square Enix properties together with Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman and Thief, to assist it deliver its video games to the platform.