Listen, it’s time.
Sony has nothing to worry about when it comes to PlayStation sales. They’ve never had a generation of consoles that dropped in sales, and demand for new PlayStation consoles has only increased over time, with the PS5 only managing to set records as supply can’t. meet only a fraction of the demand due to current component shortages.
So it’s time to expand the PlayStation brand where yes, Sony should pull a page from Microsoft’s book and start releasing its games on PC alongside the PS5 from day one.
This is all happening right now because the potential generation game God of War has finally made its way to PC, allowing many gamers to play it for the very first time if they didn’t own a PlayStation before. . Sony has started putting more and more of its exclusives on PC, but the lag time is still there year after the original release. It’s time to change that.
I’m not even saying Sony has to go all the way down the Microsoft rabbit hole. Right now when you buy a game on Xbox you automatically get a free copy of the PC game, or vice versa. As nice as that is, I’m not even saying Sony has to. Simply allowing games to be sold on PC at launch would be a good start.
I don’t think I’m alone in this sentiment, not just among fans who would like more PlayStation games to be available, but the same can be heard from PlayStation developers themselves. Interviewed about God of War on PC, game director Cory Barlog said that the pressure for it has become incredibly strong among PlayStation studios:
“I think it was the collective of studios everywhere saying this was a really good idea. We should look into that,” Barlog said. “Eventually, I think it hit that tipping point. When we sent out so many suggestion boxes they were like, ‘I’m sick of hearing all this. Alright, we’ll do it.’ To do. “”
For generations, Sony has calculated that the PlayStation should be the alone place where you can play PlayStation games, and therefore you need to buy a PlayStation console to do so. But the industry is changing. Xbox is riding full throttle on this trend, not only selling Xboxes, but allowing its games to be played on PC or streamed to mobile devices from day one. PlayStation, on the other hand, seems stuck in the past, and bringing games to PC years later is just the smallest of small steps in the right direction.
PlayStation has nothing to fear. If anything has been proven over the past decade, it’s that everyone still wants to buy video game consoles. Microsoft has been doing this “first day on PC” for a while now, and the Xbox Series X/S is still setting sales records for the brand.
On the developer side, it’s easy to see why they want this. The developers don’t make anything from PlayStation console sales, but they would make more revenue from incremental sales of the PC game. And basically, I just think a lot of them want… more people to play their games. They worked hard on it, why should not PC gamers can also experience it? Especially given the caliber of nearly all PlayStation exclusives, this would seem to only strengthen the PlayStation brand as a whole.
If there was any evidence that the PC gaming offering was destined to drive down your console sales, I might reconsider that stance, but absolutely nothing in the market indicates that, and PlayStation should consider that idea the sooner rather than later, before Microsoft continues to build a big head start in this area.
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