The president of Sony’s PlayStation company has said the company expects half of its annual releases to be on PC and mobile by 2025.
Speaking at a business briefing on Thursday, SIE President Jim Ryan said expanding to the larger platforms, and specifically the commitment to release at least 12 live service games in the coming years, “could be transformative for our business.”
“PlayStation Studios has done a great job in delivering a strong portfolio of narratively, graphically beautiful single-player games in the past, but it’s certainly true that we’ve limited ourselves to a fairly small segment of the gaming market,” Ryan said.
“By expanding into PC and mobile, and it must be said… also into live services, we have the opportunity to move from a situation where we are in a very narrow segment of the overall gaming software market, to just about everywhere to be present. “
He continued: “I think if we do this right, if we do it with intelligence and we do it with excellence, the potential for significant growth in the number of people playing our games, the number of people enjoying our games and the number of people who spend money on our games is exponentially large.
“For example, I would say that if we succeed in making some of the 12 live service games we have in development at PlayStation Studios… completely transforming our business structure.”
A slide shared during Ryan’s presentation also seemed to suggest that PS4 releases would be phased out by 2025.
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Sony’s first modern PC ports were Horizon Zero Dawn in August 2020, Days Gone last May, and God of War earlier this year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy also make the jump to PC year.
Jim Ryan has previously confirmed that PlayStation will bring “a slew of” games to PC.
PlayStation recently acquired Nixxes Software, which is best known for its work on the PC versions of Square Enix properties, including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman and Thief, to bring its games to the platform.
In the field of mobile, SIE has long been preparing for an important step in the market. Last October, SIE appointed former Apple Arcade content boss Nicola Sebastiani to lead the company’s mobile operations, following job openings that said it was opening a new business unit to adapt its “most popular franchises” for mobile.
The following month, Jim Ryan confirmed that the platform holder plans to bring some of its “iconic IP” to mobile during its current fiscal year, which ends in March 2022.
“We’ve been thinking about how players enjoy our content and have had early success experimenting with mobile games and apps to give gamers more choice,” he said. “Mobile is just one of the areas we’re exploring to reach millions of gamers beyond our platforms.
“PlayStation has a huge catalog of various first-party IP addresses that can be ported to smartphone gaming and complement our AAA games or live service games. We’re exploring the mobile market with some great PlayStation franchises, so stay tuned.”