Sony Interactive Entertainment may develop its own PC games launcher similar to Steam and the Epic Games Store for PlayStation PC releases. VGC reports that Spider-Man Remastered for the PC game files makes mention of a “PlayStation PC launcher.”
PlayStation franchises on console require a PSN account, although games on PC don’t need an account. Sony is probably working to offer some PlayStation Network features on PC, perhaps along with a PlayStation launcher. Spider-Man game files have a few references to “PSNAccountLinked” and “PSNLinkingEntitlements.”
On the other hand, Sony could release an intermediate game launcher similar to Ubisoft Connect, which has a distinct user profile and shows whenever you open one of its games through Steam or Epic. For example, Rockstar Games has a game launcher that requires Steam to function to start any of its games. And Microsoft continues to make Xbox games available on Steam even when they are on Game Pass.
Sony Interactive Entertainment also has added a new section to the PlayStation website for PlayStation PC games. Statements on the website indicate that players may need PSN account integration. “You currently do not need a PSN account to enjoy PlayStation Studios games on PC,” the new FAQ said. The word “currently” is what some players find confusing.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time a PlayStation PC launcher has been mentioned. XboxEra Podcast co-host Nick Baker referred to a launcher rumor back in February.
Sony has strengthened its position in the PC gaming industry after publishing five first-party exclusives in the last two years, including Days Gone, God of War, and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered.
Sony’s PC games are available on Steam and the Epic Games Store. And Sony is currently quite pleased with the sales of their games on PC. The publisher anticipates that its PlayStation PC sales will reach $300 million in the upcoming fiscal year, more than doubling.
A PlayStation PC launcher and the incorporation of a PSN connection to the PC may not be out of the question any time soon, as Sony will release more PlayStation games on PC (including Spider-Man: Miles Morales). The change could align with what other companies, like Ubisoft, EA, and others, have done.