In Sony’s 2020 corporate report, the company has expressed the goal of bringing more PlayStation exclusives to PC.
“To reinforce content IP, SIE will accelerate the enhancement and rollout of its portfolio of exclusive PlayStation titles,” says the report on page 43. “As a result of cooperation with in-house development and partner companies, sell-through of PS4 software titles continues to grow, and the intention is to further enhance the lineup with compelling content. Along with that, further growth in recurring income will be achieved through various network service enhancements… We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability.”
The report also states that, “competition from online PC games and players from other industries is expected to continue to intensify. The fundamental growth strategy will be to innovate and evolve the PlayStation Platform. To this end, SIE intends to make proactive investments to reinforce content IP, and work to raise brand value, foster communities and user engagement, while enhancing DTC services that get closer to users.”
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It’s something Sony has made some steady progress on recently. Titles like Death Stranding and Detroit: Become Human have been ported to PC already, though these games weren’t developed by PlayStation’s first-party studios. However, Horizon Zero Dawn was indeed developed at one such studio. Its PC port is arguably the most public of the three. When it was first announced, despite all the excitement over one of the most gorgeous and notable PlayStation 4 games coming on to PC, there was a small crowd of people angry at the news. (I hope that they’ve moved on since then.)
In March, Hermen Hulst, Head of Worldwide Studios, commented on Horizon Zero Dawn‘s PC port and what it means for PlayStation and PlayStation fans. “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 stated. “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. 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% committed to dedicated hardware.”
Given that all three aforementioned games had been on the PlayStation 4 for some time before getting ported, it would make sense if any and all future PC ports of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games aren’t planned to be ported upon launch. Instead, Sony will likely wait a while before it lets you experience certain PlayStation games on Steam. Nonetheless, this news has excited some fans, many of who are wishing for games like The Last of Us Part II, Bloodborne, and God of War to one day arrive on PC.