Sony, like Blizzard, Rockstar, and Ubisoft, may soon require you to download a launcher before playing its PC games. VGC discovered code referencing a PlayStation PC launcher while digging through the Windows version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.
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The discovery comes on the heels of the recent revelation that Sony is likely planning to add PlayStation Network integration to its PC games.
If Sony goes ahead with the launcher, it’s unclear whether the company intends to make its games exclusive to the software as well.
At the moment, all of Sony’s PC titles are available through Steam and the Epic Games Store. Different publishers use various strategies. Blizzard games, for example, can only be downloaded via the Battle.Net app.
Other companies, such as EA and Rockstar, let you buy and download their games via Steam and the Epic Games Store, but you must also install their software for verification.
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Even if Sony chooses the latter option, its launcher will almost certainly include a storefront. In this manner, the company could avoid paying Valve and Epic a cut of its PC sales.