Future PlayStation Games Could Release on PC to Reach More Players, Suggests Sony's Shawn Layden

Future PlayStation Games Could Release on PC to Reach More Players, Suggests Sony's Shawn Layden

The times, they are a-changin'.

Sony's acquisition of Insomniac Games yesterday was a big signing for the publisher. But it looks like things might be changing in the days ahead for the PlayStation studios as Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, indicates they might be looking to a larger potential playerbase.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Layden says that exclusive titles will still be a part of the strategy, but some games, particularly noting multiplayer ones suited to PC, may see a broader distribution.

"We must support the PlayStation platform - that is nonnegotiable," Layden told Bloomberg. "That said, you will see in the future some titles coming out of my collection of studios which may need to lean into a wider installed base."

What this might mean for PlayStation moving forward is a larger install base through other platforms. There's already been a fair amount of speculation over Death Stranding coming to PC. But picking up Insomniac Games, responsible for the incredibly successful Marvel's Spider-Man as well as Sony classics like Spyro and Ratchet & Clank, could also signal a greater need for big-name exclusives on the forthcoming PlayStation 5.

Looking at its competitor, Microsoft has been opening up to working with other platforms. Cuphead has already made its way to the Nintendo Switch, and yesterday it was announced Ori and the Blind Forest would also be launching on the hybrid Nintendo console very soon. While Microsoft is likely right out, PC and Switch provide interesting alternatives for Sony publishing to reach more audiences, especially post-launch.

Keep up with all the info on the upcoming next-gen console from Sony in our PlayStation 5 guide.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

Read this next

George Miller Once Called Death Stranding "Mathematically Correct," Hideo Kojima Says

The Fury Road director seems to like what Kojima's going for.

The New Death Stranding TGS Gameplay: Everything We Learned

Here are all the new Death Stranding gameplay details we learned at Tokyo Games Show 2019.

Watch the New Death Stranding Gameplay From TGS Here

49 minutes (to be precise) of new Death Stranding gameplay.

Death Stranding is a Game About Walking, Apparently

Someone has finally played Death Stranding and can tell us what its all about.

Death Stranding Release Date and New Gameplay Details

We finally have a Death Stranding release date, and there's tons of other new details about Kojima Productions' game including new gameplay, trailer, characters, and more.

More News

Apple Arcade Springs Soft Launch on Developers, Some Games May Not Be Final Versions

Some iOS 13 beta participants can play games that don't even have official release dates yet.

George Miller Once Called Death Stranding "Mathematically Correct," Hideo Kojima Says

The Fury Road director seems to like what Kojima's going for.

More on PC

Starting Screen | Games are Running Worse Than Ever on the Base PS4 and Xbox One. Is There a Solution?

Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.

Thinbloods and the Politics of Living Forever: An Interview with Bloodlines 2 Writer Cara Ellison

We talked love, loss, and lots of blood with one of Bloodlines 2's writers.

Highly Ranked Apex Legends Players Will Get Their Own Trail, so You Know Where Not to Land

At least you'll know if you're landing next to an Apex Predator.

Borderlands 3 Athenas Typhon Log Locations

Here’s where to find the three Typhon Logs on Athenas in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands 3 Promethea Typhon Log Locations

Here’s where to find all of the Typhon Logs on Promethea.

More Battle Royale Games

Highly Ranked Apex Legends Players Will Get Their Own Trail, so You Know Where Not to Land

At least you'll know if you're landing next to an Apex Predator.

Apex Legends Is Teasing a Reveal In-Game, Coinciding With This Weekend's Tournament

We might get our first details on Season 3 during this $500,000 invitational.