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Sony vet Layden doubts PlayStation first-party titles will launch same day on PC

Sony vet Layden doubts PlayStation first-party titles will launch same day on PC

The former head of PlayStation US Shawn Layden has said that he doesn't think that the company's first-party output will be launching on the same day on PC.

Speaking to What's Up PlayStationas reported by VGC – Layden said that when he worked at the console giant, the strategy was to bring in a new audience 18 or 24 months down the line when sales of the PlayStation version of a title have started to slow down a bit.

“The idea of going to PC—and I don’t think you’ll ever see PlayStation do a day and date with PC, but you know, never say never—but the strategy as we were developing it when I was there was that we need to go out to where these new customers are, these new fans could be,” he said.

“We need to go to where they are because they’ve decided not to go to come to my house so I’ve got to go to their house now. And what’s the best way to go to their house? Why don’t I take one of our top-selling games, which has already blown up the marketplace, it’s already been out there for 18 months or 24 months, there’s no real retail activity against that title, I’m not trading off one sale for another, and bring that to the personal computer platform and let them have an idea – you guys choose not to come to PlayStation but let me show you what you’re missing.”

PlayStation exclusives such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone have come to PC following their console debuts, with current Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan saying that more are on their way. Earlier this year, PlayStation bought PC porting specialist Nixxes


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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