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Sony possibly developing its own PlayStation PC game launcher

As Sony gets more and more comfortable with porting its games to PC, it seems like the company may be working on its own PC game launcher.


Following the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on PC, reports of references to a “PlayStation PC launcher” were found in the game’s files. The presence of these references have since been verified by outlets like VGC, who saw the files for themselves.

As far as what this could mean, it sounds like Sony may be working on its own PC game launcher for PlayStation. Previously, Sony games on PC have utilized Steam and the Epic Games Store, which each have their own launchers.

Furthermore, in the past references to “PSNAccountLinked” and “PSNLinkingEntitlements” were also found in the Spider-Man files. This comes despite the fact that none of Sony’s games that have been ported to PC on either Steam or the Epic Games Store currently allow players to connect to their PSN accounts.

Image of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC showing Spider-Man standing in New York's Times Square.
Files found in Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered suggest Sony could be working on its own PC game launcher.

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As of right now, Sony has yet to confirm plans to establish its own PC game launcher. That said, Sony shared the news that it had formed its own PlayStation PC label for its PC ports last year. Additionally, back in May it was projected that PlayStation would bring in $300M in first-party PC game sales in FY22. With this, one would expect Sony to continue porting games to PC, and with that, adding support in the form of a PC game launcher doesn’t seem all that unlikely.

Of course, we’re curious to hear your thoughts. Do you think Sony is working on a PC game launcher? What would you like to see from Sony’s PC game launcher? Let us know in Chatty! For more on Sony and its PlayStation PC ports, be sure to read through some of our previous coverage including Sony forming a PlayStation PC label for its PC ports, and Sony projecting $300M in sales of first-party PlayStation titles on PC in FY22.

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From The Chatty
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    August 16, 2022 2:21 PM

    Morgan Shaver posted a new article, Sony possibly developing its own PlayStation PC game launcher

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      August 16, 2022 2:24 PM

      Oh no. Please no.

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      August 16, 2022 2:50 PM

      Wait does this mean I can potentially play Last of Us?

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      August 16, 2022 2:51 PM

      Oh fantastic another one

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        August 16, 2022 3:00 PM

        I was so happy to delete Bethesda's. I haven't installed Rockstar's but I imagine I'll give in when GTA 6 is launched.

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          August 17, 2022 5:43 AM

          The Rockstar one is fine, I'd rather use that and UPlay for their own games than buy on Steam and need to launch both launchers to get to the game anyway.

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      August 16, 2022 3:57 PM

      More icons, so great to be a PC gamer. Just need 13 launchers.

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      August 16, 2022 4:54 PM

      I never cared about this shit too much until I got a Steamdeck. Now I want everything on Steam. Luckily I’ve bought most stuff there just because its been my default.

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        August 16, 2022 5:17 PM

        Yeah I don't even have one yet but I'm sure I'll get one eventually. I've already almost bought games I own on switch so I would have them when I got a deck.

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      August 16, 2022 5:16 PM

      Hopefully they realize its a bad move and will lose them a lot of money creating yet another store. I still don't buy games on Epic given the choice, let alone bethesda, uplay, or rockstar.

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      August 16, 2022 5:20 PM

      Bethesda launcher died a horrible and deserved death, and even with Microsoft’s acquisition, they still migrated all the games on there to steam and not Windows store. That should tell Sony everything they need to know about the viability of their launcher idea.

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      August 16, 2022 5:37 PM


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      August 16, 2022 9:11 PM

      Ugh. I guess it's going to launch this whenever you launch one of their games on Steam? Whatever.

      As a sidenote as I get older I've developed a sincere appreciation for games that launch and get me into the game world quickly with as few clicks as possible

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      August 17, 2022 12:48 AM

      Comes with a free root kit

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      August 17, 2022 12:52 AM


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      August 17, 2022 12:59 AM

      If this means we get Sony fist party games sooner then that could be a good thing.

      On the other hand, companies tend to fucking suck at making these platforms.

      Steam has more amazing features than any of them put together, GoG does a brilliant job of bringing them all together while offering a good number of features. Nothing else comes close, and nursing else actually brings anything positive to the table, usually just frustration.

      Uplay and at least have basic functionality like letting you find games if you've moved the file location. Origin kind of has these features but they're done in a stupid way.

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      August 17, 2022 1:11 AM

      steam should be forced to get rid of the price parity rule , then sony and whoever can charge extra to makeup for the royalties

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        August 17, 2022 1:44 AM

        It's not just about the royalties anymore... it's about the data

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      August 17, 2022 1:41 AM

      I'm just going to say, a company's launcher might not inherently be a bad thing. I think most would agree none of the main PC launchers are as user-friendly as Steam, but there's the chance someone could come out with a rather minimalist, well-performing application that could be influential in its own right.

      Not saying Sony is that capable of making one, but who knows, maybe their newly owned PC porthouse Nixxes will make something good. Probably not, but you never know!

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      August 17, 2022 2:03 AM

      The launchers are BACK baby!

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      August 17, 2022 5:09 AM

      Corsair, save us!

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      August 17, 2022 5:50 AM

      Is it a given that these titles will make more money for the publisher on their own shitty platform vs eating the 30% cut to Valve and selling to their massive, massive audience?

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      August 17, 2022 5:50 AM

      Yes. This one will finally make the rest step up their game /s

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