State of PlayStation 2022 | Laptop Mag

PlayStation has had an undeniably fruitful 2022, with the launch of a new rewards program, a reworking of PlayStation Plus, and three of its exclusives nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2022 (assuming you count Stray’s console-exclusivity). But what else has PlayStation been up to this year? And what software and hardware is there to look forward to in the next year?

As the end of the year inches closer, we’re taking a look at each of the three major console manufacturers and analyzing how they fared in 2022, along with what we’re expecting to see from them next year. You can check out the state of Xbox and state of Nintendo for an in-depth look.

From the PlayStation VR2 to its new services, here’s a look at all things PlayStation in 2022.  

State of PlayStation’s exclusives 

2022 hasn’t been a jam-packed year for major publishers, but PlayStation has had some of the biggest hits. The company started the year off with Horizon: Forbidden West back in February, which we absolutely loved, and ended the year with God of War Ragnarok, which we loved even more. We also had The Last of Us Part I, and although it is a great remaster, it’s not a particularly substantial inclusion into Sony’s lineup for the year.

The Last of Us Part I

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Gran Turismo 7 was also huge for PlayStation this year, and as long as we disregard its controversial microtransactions and broken multiplayer, it was a hit with critics. But beyond PlayStation’s collection of first-party exclusives, it has become common for the company to strike console exclusivity deals with third-party publishers. These games are available on PC on day one, but the only console you can purchase them on is PlayStation. This gives Sony a bit of leverage and probably makes the exclusivity partnership a little less strict, yet still allows the company to boast its exclusivity over competing consoles.

Stray, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Sifu fit into this category. Sifu recently made its way to Nintendo Switch, but it was a timed console exclusive for Sony. Ghostwire: Tokyo now belongs to Microsoft after its acquisition of Bethesda, along with Deathloop (this launched last year, but it was also a timed exclusive until a couple months ago).

Final Fantasy XVI: Release date, gameplay, story and leaks

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Square Enix has also been quite buddy-buddy with Sony, which is unsurprising considering the two company’s histories throughout the PS1 and PS2 eras. Final Fantasy XIV, along with all of its expansions, has been exclusively available on PC and PlayStation consoles since its launch in 2013. Final Fantasy XVI, on the other hand, will be truly exclusive to PS5 at launch. This is likely just timed exclusivity akin to Final Fantasy VII Remake (and its Rebirth sequel), which launched on PC two years after its initial release. However, the game is still not available on Xbox. Forspoken, another Square Enix published title, will also not be available on Xbox when the game launches on January 24, but it will be available on PC.

This strategy from PlayStation ensures the company has plenty of exclusive games to make the average player feel like their investment in the console’s ecosystem is worthwhile, while also ensuring Sony doesn’t need to dish out enormous amounts of money to expand its first-party studio lineup.

God of War Ragnarök

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To summarize, God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and The Last of Us Part I are the four Sony first-party exclusives we’ve seen this year. All four did incredibly well critically, with half of them up for a GOTY nomination. But since Sony is willing to fight for third-party exclusivity, this has been a surprisingly jam-packed year for the company there as well. Stray, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Sifu are some of the biggest third-party exclusives we’ve seen from the company this year, and they all did quite well. 

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