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Sony PlayStation Plans To End Exclusivity With Cross-Platform Games In The Future

Gamescom 2019 brought about a slew of new upcoming video games for many fans to look forward to. Sony PlayStation was rather busy on this front, especially with their absence from E3 2019.

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Following the announcement of their acquisition of Insomniac Games, the masterminds behind the critically-acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man and the Ratchet & Clank franchise, Sony game studios chairman Shawn Layden hinted at the future of PlayStation’s games in the pipeline. In short: cross-play could come to its first-party games, specifically those with a multiplayer component.

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Speaking to Bloomberg, Layden said:

We must support the PlayStation platform — that is non-negotiable. That said, you will see in the future some titles coming out of my collection of studios which may need to lean into a wider installed base.

Sony Game Studios chairman Shawn Layden on the future of PlayStation games.

This is interesting, considering how staunch Sony was with making their first-party games exclusive ever since the PS1.

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However, it seems that things really can change, and in the advent of the highly-anticipated PlayStation 5, what with its supposed true backwards compatibility and virtually nonexistent loading times, true cross-platform gaming can really take flight in the gaming scene.

Perhaps Xbox and PC gamers can finally witness the awesomeness that is Marvel’s Spider-Man. Never mind the drama concerning the web-crawler unfolding at the cinematic arm of Sony; Spider-Man’s future looks to be a bright one on the gaming front.


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