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Sony’s New PlayStation PC Overlay is a Simple Start

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut launches today on PC and is the first game to feature Sony’s new PlayStation PC overlay and shared trophy system. I had the opportunity to take a first look at this new overlay and my first impression is that it is really understated, clean and simple.

There are five main sections here: Search, Friends, Trophies, Profile and Settings. Search lets you find other PlayStation players and add them as friends, while the Friends section lists both your online and offline friends. You can see your friends’ trophies, but unfortunately you can’t send messages to friends or chat in party chat through this overlay. If you want to talk to a console friend, you’ll need to use in-game chat or just use Discord.

The PlayStation PC overlay in action.
GIF by Tom Warren / The Verge

The trophy system works exactly as expected through synchronization Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut Trophies from the PS5 version of the game to PC and vice versa. Simply log in with your PlayStation Network ID and the overlay and trophies will be available.

The profile section is where you can view all of your existing trophies for all of your PlayStation games, and the settings section is largely made up of web links to account management, privacy settings, and PlayStation support. There are settings to enable or disable notifications for trophies and the ability to see who you have blocked on PSN.

Overall, the PlayStation PC overlay works similarly to Steam’s, in the sense that it is only active within a game. Sony didn’t create something that constantly runs in the background, like Nvidia’s GeForce Experience or Microsoft’s Xbox Game Bar.

If you haven’t disabled GeForce Experience and the Steam overlay pop-ups, you’ll be greeted by three notifications.
Screenshot by Tom Warren / The Verge

I noticed that if you haven’t turned off notifications for the GeForce Experience and Steam overlays, you’ll get three pop-up notifications at startup Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut because the PlayStation One also has its own notification. Unfortunately, there is no way to disable the PlayStation notification as toggling the pop-up notifications does not affect this particular message.

Still, the overlay looks and feels lightweight, even if it seems a bit plain at the moment. Nixxes Software, the in-house port developer that Sony acquired in 2021, helped with development, and I hope this simple launch will lead to even more features in the future. It would certainly be great to have the ability to use the PlayStation Network’s voice chat features instead of having to use in-game chat or Discord. Sony is increasingly investing in the PC space, so there’s a good chance this PlayStation overlay will improve over time.

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