Look, it’s time.
Sony has nothing to worry concerning PlayStation gross sales. They’ve by no means had a console era that has tanked in gross sales, and demand for brand spanking new PlayStation consoles has solely elevated in time, with the PS5 solely failing to set information as a result of provide can solely meet a tiny fraction of demand attributable to present part shortages.
So, it’s time to develop the PlayStation model the place sure, Sony ought to take a web page out of Microsoft’s e-book, and begin releasing its video games on PC alongside PS5 on day one.
That is all developing proper now as a result of potential Recreation of the Technology, God of Conflict, has lastly made its approach to PC, permitting many gamers to play it for the very first time in the event that they didn’t personal a PlayStation earlier than this. Sony has began placing increasingly more of its exclusives on PC, however the lag time remains to be years after the unique launch. It’s time to alter that.
I’m not even saying that Sony has to go all the best way down the Microsoft rabbit gap. Proper now, once you purchase a recreation on Xbox, you robotically get a free copy of the sport on PC, or vice versa. As good as that might be, I’m not even saying that Sony has to do this. Merely permitting the video games to be bought on PC at launch could be a ok begin.
I don’t suppose I’m alone on this sentiment, not simply amongst followers who would love wider availability of PlayStation video games, however the identical might be heard from PlayStation devs themselves. Being interviewed about God of Conflict on PC, recreation director Cory Barlog stated that the push for this has grow to be extremely sturdy amongst PlayStation studios:
“I believe it was the collective of studios throughout saying it is a actually good thought. We must be wanting into this,” Barlog stated. “Finally, I believe it reached that tipping level. Once we had despatched so many suggestion field strategies that they have been like, ‘I’m bored with listening to all this. Effective, we’ll do that.'”
For generations now, Sony has made a calculation that PlayStation must be the solely place the place you may play PlayStation video games, and so it’s essential to purchase a PlayStation console to just do that. However the trade is altering. Xbox is operating full steam at this development, promoting not simply Xboxes, however permitting its video games to be performed on PC or streamed to cellular gadgets day one. PlayStation, in distinction, seems to be caught up to now and porting video games to PC years later is simply the babiest of child steps in the correct route.
PlayStation doesn’t have something to worry. If something has been confirmed the final decade, it’s that everybody nonetheless very a lot desires to purchase online game consoles. Microsoft has been doing this “day one on PC” factor for some time now, and the Xbox Collection X/S are nonetheless setting gross sales information for the model.
On the dev facet, it’s simple to see why they need this. Devs don’t get something from gross sales of PlayStation consoles, however they might get extra income from extra gross sales of the sport on PC. And essentially, I simply suppose lots of them need…extra folks enjoying their video games. They labored arduous on it, why shouldn’t PC gamers additionally get to expertise it? Particularly given the caliber of virtually all PlayStation exclusives, this would appear to do nothing however strengthen the PlayStation model general.
If there was some proof that providing video games on PC was destined to crash your console gross sales, I would rethink this place, however completely nothing concerning the market signifies that, and PlayStation ought to contemplate this concept sooner fairly than later, earlier than Microsoft retains constructing an enormous head begin on this space.