Over the Horizon.
Sony has said it’ll continue to release first-party PlayStation games on PC.
In its 2020 corporate report, Sony talked about the future of PlayStation and of course the upcoming release of PlayStation 5. Buried within the generic, non-committal notes is a single nugget: the confirmation Sony will release more of its games on PC.
PlayStation has largely ignored PC, instead focusing on creating exclusives for its consoles. While its marketing for PS5 has reinforced the idea of console exclusives, Sony has begun to dabble with putting its PlayStation games on PC, with the release of PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn on Steam in August 2020.
“We will explore expanding our first-party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability,” Sony said in its report.
That means more PlayStation exclusives are coming to PC. But what? Media Molecule’s Dreams seems like a safe bet. But could the likes of Insomniac’s Spider-Man also come to Steam? Will games announced as PS5 exclusives, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West also come to PC?
Back in March 2020, PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss Hermen Hulst explained the decision to port Horizon to PC, saying it was about introducing more people to PlayStation.
“I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on,” he said.
However, Hulst insisted Sony does not intend to follow Microsoft’s lead and release all its games on PC and console at the same time.
“And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC,” he said.
“In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100 per cent committed to dedicated hardware.”