Sony brings more of its games to PC and phone

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Sony plans to have nearly half of all game releases available on PC or phone by 2025, according to a presentation given during the company’s annual investor day.

The graph displayed during the presentation indicates that this is a significant increase from its releases this year, with approximately a quarter of the company’s releases available via computer or phone, with the rest divided between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 platforms.

“We have the opportunity to go from being in a very narrow segment of the game software market in general to being pretty ubiquitous by expanding into PC, phone and live services,” said Jim Ryan, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Ryan added that investing in computers and phones could lead to significant growth in the number of people who play the company’s games, the number of people who enjoy its games, and the number of people who spend money on its games.

The company’s presentation notes that Sony is reaping the benefits of bringing games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone and God of War to PC, with net sales across the platform tripling from $80 million last year to an expected $300 million in 2022.

The company has been vocal about its plans to bring more games to PCs. It released the PlayStation PC poster and last year acquired a development company to transfer its games to the PC.

Sony expects PC game sales to triple

On the phone side, the company last year appointed Nicola Sebastiani, the former head of content for Apple Arcade. Sebastiani was the first of many new hires to join PlayStation Studios to focus on the phone.

The company said it plans to release mobile games in several different ways. Methods include co-developing mobile games with existing developers as well as creating its network of studios.

In addition to the computer and phone, Sony’s presentation provided further details of the live service’s gaming ambitions.

The company plans to have 12 live-service game franchises by 2025. Up from one franchise last year, and three this year.

This indicates that Sony has two unannounced live service games in development for release in fiscal year 2022

The company previously said that it plans to launch more than 10 live service games by March 2026. It also wants to  expand the use of its intellectual property outside of games.

The Japanese giant explained that it hopes to transform PlayStation’s current platform-centric approach into a future in which large elements of its community expand beyond the gaming platform.

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