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Sony Is Gearing To Have Half Of Its Games On PC And Mobile by 2025

by Victoria Marian Belmis / May 29, 2022 06:21 PM EDT
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Sony intends to have approximately half of its game releases on PC or mobile by 2025, according to the company's presentation during its annual investor day. A chart was exhibited during the presentation that hints the releases would be a major increase from last year's; around a quarter of the company's releases will be on PC and mobile, with the rest of the bulk split between its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles.

"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," said Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan in comments reported by Video Games Chronicle.

Furthermore, Ryan shared that investing in PC and mobile could lead to "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."

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Sony's presentation also indicates that the company is already reaping the benefits of delivering titles like Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and God of War to PC, with net sales on the platform more than tripling from $80 million last year to a forecast $300 million in 2022. Sony has been clearly vocal about its plans to shepherd more titles to PC. The company has even launched a PlayStation PC label and acquired a PC port developer last year.

When it comes to the mobile space, Sony had hired the content boss of Apple Arcade, Nicola Sebastiani, according to a report from Video Games Chronicle last year. Sebastiani was the first of several new hires to join PlayStation Studios to focus on mobile. Sony said it plans to release mobile games via a few different avenues, such as co-developing titles with existing mobile developers and establishing its own network of studios.

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For both PC and mobile, Sony's presentation unveiled additional details on its live service game objectives. The company plans to have 12 live service franchises operating by 2025, up from one last year, and three this year. This implies that Sony already has two unannounced live service games in development that are geared for release in its 2022 fiscal year. Sony previously said it intends to launch over 10 live service games by March of 2026.

On a final note, the company expressed it wants to expand the use of its IP outside of gaming and noted the recent Uncharted film and the upcoming HBO series based on The Last of Us as key examples. Sony ended the presentation by saying it hopes to transform "PlayStation's current console-centric approach to a future where large elements of our community extend beyond the console."

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