Sony, of PlayStation fame, is getting serious about mobile gaming. Making it the latest industry giant in an ever-growing line to lay their cards on that table. In other words: they have seen the light. And the future of Sony app games is looking particularly bright.
In a presentation given on Sony’s annual investor day, a graph depicted how their spread of first party games (which include such seminal classics as God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn) will look in 2025. Specifically, half of all games will be available on PC and mobile, with app games taking up 20% of that share.
It’s a move that makes monumental financial sense, as Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan made clear in a business briefing, “By expanding to PC and mobile, and it must be said… also to live services, we have the opportunity to move from a situation of being present in a very narrow segment of the overall gaming software market, to being present pretty much everywhere.”
“I think if we do this right, if we execute with intelligence and we execute with excellence, the opportunities for significant growth in the number of people who play our games, the number of people who enjoy our games, and the number of people who spend money on our games, is exponentially a large one.”
Ryan is, of course, not wrong. In the same week that we have seen Apex Legends taking the App Store by storm and raking in metric tons of cash from their mobile migration (thanks in no small part to their overpriced skins), it’s no surprise that Sony and just about every other video game studio is licking their lips at the thought of their own piece of the pie.
The bad news for PS4 owners who, like myself, can’t get their hands on the shiny new PS5 is that Sony plans to phase out the now seemingly archaic console during the same year. But the move to mobile app gaming is exactly the boon us console-deficient gamers needed.
For now, the jury’s out on which games will make the jump to mobile. But we can rest assured that we’re in good hands, given Sony’s recent appointment of former Apple Arcade boss Nicoloa Sebastiani to lead the way in the Sony app games.
Do you think Sony App Games will take off?
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