Evidence has been uncovered that Sony may be considering introducing PlayStation Network integration into its PC games.
Since its PC release last week, fans have been digging through the game files of PlayStation’s latest port, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and discovered references to PlayStation Network being integrated into its code.
According to the game’s files – which were viewed by VGC – Sony may be considering allowing PC gamers to link their PlayStation Network accounts to specific games and offer in-game bonuses as rewards.
Although neither Marvel’s Spider-Man nor any other PlayStation Studios PC game currently allows connectivity with PSN accounts, the Spider-Man files contain several references to “PSNAccountLinked” and “PSNLinkingEntitlements”.
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Additionally, references in the Spider-Man files to “LevelCapExtras” in connection with “PSN link bonuses” seem to suggest that developer Insomniac was experimenting with or planning to give players extra skill points to link their accounts.
Ahead of this discovery, PlayStation launched a new section on its site specifically about PlayStation games for PC last week.
One of the site’s FAQ questions asked if a PSN account was required to play PlayStation games on PC, and Sony replied, “No, you currently do not need a PSN account to enjoy PlayStation games. Studios on PC.”
These recent findings could indicate that PlayStation Network integration may indeed be coming in the future, but as an optional feature for gamers who choose to integrate with the service.
While PlayStation Studios games on PC – such as God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone and Spider-Man Remastered – can be played without needing to create a PSN account, that’s not necessarily the case with Xbox Game. Studios titles, which requires an Xbox Live account for some games on Steam.
While some titles (such as Minecraft Dungeons, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and Psychonauts 2) don’t require players to create an Xbox Live account, other notable Xbox Game Studios titles do.
The likes of Forza Horizon 5, Sea of Thieves, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and As Dusk Falls state on their Steam pages: “Requires third-party account: Xbox Live.” However, this comes with the benefit of shared achievements and shared save progress.
Last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said PlayStation was planning to bring “a whole slate” of games to PC.
Spider-Man Remastered will be its sixth title, slated for release on Friday, which will be followed by PC ports of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection later this year.