Sony is telling its investors to prepare for a big PC gaming windfall in the coming year. Really big.
In a business segment briefing for shareholders today, one slide showed off Sony’s net sales from PC games thus far, highlighting how titles such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and God of War had brought in $80 million in the last fiscal year (which ended on March 31, 2022).
But the gaming giant expects more to come, and is telling them to expect a whopping $300 million in net sales on PC in the coming fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.
That’s a massive jump, especially for a gaming hardware manufacturer that has only just in recent years dipped its toe into the PC space with real seriousness. What’s more, it’s not fully clear where that chunk of change is coming from. At the moment, Sony’s only announced plan for PC is Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which still doesn’t have a release date.
What’s most likely happening here is that Sony has high expectations of Bungie, with its acquisition of the Destiny 2 maker expected to close by the end of this year. With Bungie being privately held, we don’t have a good idea of what it brings in, though analyst Michael Pachter has speculated it’s around $200 million in revenue a year across all sources (including console, merchandise, and more).
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection — PlayStation Showcase 2021
But it’s likely Sony’s PC ambitions extend beyond just Bungie. A slide later in the presentation shows that Sony expects approximately 15% to 20% of its releases in the coming year to be on PC, with that percentage increasing to closer to 30% by the end of 2025. Plus, there’s its recent moves like its introduction of the PlayStation PC brand and seeming interest from many of PlayStation’s internal studios in bringing their games to the platform. So far, that interest is working out well for PC players, with God of War running reasonably well on machines. Let’s hope Uncharted runs similarly or better. Now give us Bloodborne?
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.