At the latest Sony investor presentation, Sony revealed that it plans to be done with PS4 games by 2025. Additionally, the company also explored the growth they’ve had in the PC and mobile realms, and used numbers to examine the past and predict the future of releases.
In the 2019 fiscal year, almost all Sony's releases were on PS4. But the estimated spread for 2022’s fiscal year accounts for Sony’s recent success on PC, and includes their foray into mobile as well. For 2025? There is nary a mention of the PS4. Instead, half the graph broadcasts releases for the PS5. Sony expects that PC should account for around 30% and mobile 20% for the rest of that fiscal year’s releases.
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Elsewhere, the presentation largely focused on how the company plans to expand its reach to more people, what it's doing to get there, and what is working currently. One thing that is working is Sony's dive into the world of PC gaming. The company is projected to make a staggering $300 million in net sales at the end of this fiscal year next March.
Their venture toward mobile and PC gaming aligns with Sony's goal to move from a “console-centric” approach “to a future where large elements of our community extend beyond the console.”
There have been several big-name, PS5 only releases such as Returnal and Deathloop that have found success despite being only available on one Sony console. With the release of Sony's first official PS5 bundle, let's hope we're moving to a future where even more will be avaliable.
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