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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.


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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