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Is Sony Planning PlayStation Network Integration With PC Ports?

Sony has created a new sub-page on the PlayStation website: a site dedicated to PC games, which could be a rather suspicious hint at the company’s plans.

 

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is due out on PC in a matter of hours, so another PlayStation-exclusive game is coming over from PlayStation platforms to the Steam, Epic Games Store pairing, but we can expect more games later (The Last Of Us: Part 1 is official, and Returnal is a strong possibility, the latter is yet to be confirmed). For this reason, it’s no wonder Sony has launched its PlayStation PC website, so God of War, Days Gone, Horizon Zero Dawn, and the other titles already announced are listed here.

There was a clever observation on Twitter. There’s a FAQ section on the site where one of the questions is whether you need a PlayStation Network (PSN) account to run PC games. The answer is, “No, you currently do not need a PSN account to enjoy PlayStation Studios games on PC.” The key word here is “currently”. It is almost a clear indication that, yes, a Steam or Epic Games account is indeed enough for now, but this could change later (and then, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sony also makes a PlayStation Store for PC, so they don’t have to pay the Valve/Epic Games duo a profit margin).

The upside is that it could even make it possible to get the trophies taken for granted on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 if PSN integration is taken seriously by Sony. We could even communicate with our friends playing on PlayStation consoles, maybe cross-play, cross-progression pairing would be nice, but here, we would need Sony to bring their multiplayer games to PC (but we have to remember that this will happen for live service products…).

Whatever comes out of this, we think the PlayStation Network PC launcher will be the end-all-be-all for direct integration. It would be a pleasant but, at the same time, inconvenient solution.

Source: PSL

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