PlayStation games on PC may require a PSN account to play in the future

Written by Chad Norton on Thu, Aug 11, 2022 9:12 PM
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Everyone agrees that Sony’s move to publishing some of their PlayStation exclusive titles to PC is a good thing, and so far most of the ports have been pretty good. However, a new FAW on Sony’s website about PlayStation games on PC hints at a potential PSN account linking, that may be required to play PlayStation games on PC in the future.

PSN is Sony’s version of Xbox Live, to put it simply. A PSN account is needed to play certain games with online features, and is required to purchase games off the PlayStation Store. Sony’s recent FAQ makes a mention of PSN accounts being needed to play PlayStation games on PC, to which it states that “No, you currently do not need a PSN account to enjoy PlayStation Studios games on PC,” such as the highly anticipated and upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered.

The use of the word ‘currently’ implies that at some point in the future you may need a PSN account to play some games. Although this may seem like a terrible idea, other questions in the FAQ reveal possible reasons as to why you might need one.

For instance, there is ‘currently’ no way to transfer save files from PlayStation consoles to PC or vice versa, and although achievements are supported on Steam and Epic Games Store, they won’t sync with your PSN Profile. That could all change if you need a PSN account, and by no means does it signify you absolutely cannot play their games on PC without an account, nor does it seem like you will need a constant internet connection. But these things can change.

What do you think? Would you be interested in official PSN account support on PC? How would you feel if it was required to play PlayStation games on PC? Let us know!

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22:13 Aug-13-2022

People complain, then log into Steam to boot up their single player games.


This is no different than anything else we already do. It's certainly no different to what MS do.


You can't even really have Windows without having to have a Microsoft account.

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16:26 Aug-16-2022

Yeah but that doesn't mean it's not annoying. Just like when I buy a game on Steam and have to login to my Origin account for some games.

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10:06 Aug-20-2022

That's because people are Steam and Valve fanboys and to them PC gaming is Steam... To me PC gaming is or at this point was, put disc in(or any other physical storage medium), install, play.

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15:54 Aug-12-2022

It's kinda sad how stupid these spammers are for posting this on an enthusiast pc site, like do you really expect to find someone stupid enough to fall for it here? I'm pretty sure most of these people have seen an internet before....

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14:17 Aug-12-2022

SONY greed for gamer' money & anti-competitive tactics against GP by paying developers not to put games on the MS service is scummy. I enjoyed the fact that PS games were coming to PC; but with years of exclusivity, $70 for old games, attacking XBox for the same practices that SONY does makes their games putrid. As before there are lots of PC games I want to play when I want to. Still want miss SONY games.

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12:04 Aug-12-2022

Not interested in:



  • Streaming

  • Extra accounts

  • Extra DRM

  • Extra launchers

  • "Gamepasses"

  • "Analytics"

  • "Live service"

  • Online features


I just want to buy a game and play the crap out of it, at my own leisure, without the need to rely on extra "services", without always-online BS, etc. And when I'm done with it, or if I find something that needs fixing - I'd like to be able to mod the game without he fear that half of it now won't work because "anticheat" in a single player game or some dumb crap like that.


Is it too much to ask these days..?

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13:22 Aug-12-2022

Seconded. Why does Sony even want to do this? They are doing so well. And this may not be an issue with existing PS owners as they have a PSN account, it is an absolute waste for the ones who don't. And its another step added to the simplicity of accessing games whether one has a PS account or not.

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15:29 Aug-12-2022

Imagine: You download GoW. It's a single player game, no online components. You are asked to sign-in to PSN...


It serves no purpose, other than be a nuisance to you and a data mine for them. There's absolutely no good reason for it, as far as I'm concerned.

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13:48 Aug-12-2022

Well we have to remove steam first, as long as steam remains more will come, if we take down the big dog, then the rest can be take out easily.

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15:26 Aug-12-2022

Everyone already has the option to do GOG or self-publishing, while Steam and Steamworks at least add value (multiplayer interoperability, workshop content delivery, centralized customer reviews and ratings, streaming and co-op through that for games that only offer local co-op, etc - even cache delivery to smooth out the Steam Deck gaming experience!). Steam (as well as EGS) also have plenty of DRM-free games, so it's not like Steam=DRM either. I can at least say something nice about Steam as a content delivery platform, while I can't say the same about the others that include invasive DRM and give you no features aside from buying games and maybe a friends list. Obviously this all stands only for now while Gabe is alive - we can't predict what will happen when Valve isn't in his hands anymore at some point in the future.


I am primarily annoyed by the number of stores popping up BECAUSE of the DRM they use. It's like Netflix all over again. You had one place for everything at a good price and now everyone and their grandma's dog has to have their own store.


Normally this wouldn't be an issue - in the real world it doesn't matter if you buy an orange from your local supermarket or a corner shop - you bring it home and do whatever, the transaction is complete. Obsessive DRM, however, forces you to have extra software for every publisher. When you are forced into some form of a storefront to consume your content - it makes sense to have everything under one roof. But when you have to navigate 10 of them to access your library - and they all come with their own stupid things, like ubi axing games - then it's a problem.


I wouldn't care if I had to buy one game from Origin, another ftom ubi, another from gog, another from epic, another from whatever seller, etc and then I could just play them all without any additional software - just like buying an orange IRL. But since it's not the case - I can't help but support GOG and Steam as the primaries and be annoyed at everyone else trying to inconvenience me.

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10:21 Aug-12-2022

All they would do is like what Microsoft did for the pc. Bring out there own PC Gamepass

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10:28 Aug-12-2022

I don't think they will any time soon. At the moment, they're going for high budget AAA releases. I do prefer quality to quantity.

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05:16 Aug-12-2022

If that's the case, then there's no way their upcoming pc games are going to GOG.

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12:58 Aug-12-2022

Please, no one cares about GOG, except GOG. I mean companies, not players.

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21:39 Aug-11-2022

What a surprise, it's almost like everything is going over to the service model. Everyone and their grandma has an account and subscription. You get to pay money for games you don't own and can lose at any moment while the platform holder collects/sells your data.

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