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.

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Eric Van Allen

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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.

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