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Sony actively exploring porting more Playstation exclusives to PC

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A future where PC truly gets it all.

What you need to know

  • Sony released their 2020 corporate report outlining their financial goals and strategic plans.
  • Buried in the report was a commitment to "explore expanding" their Playstation exclusives to PC.
  • This is a telling report, after the success of Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding after their launch on PC.
  • While nothing is set in stone, post-Playstation 5 should clarify Sony's dedication to expanding the reach of their portfolio.

Whatever your feelings about various gaming consoles, there's no denying that Sony has amassed itself an impressive group of studios, and continues to churn out critically acclaimed titles like God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, and many more. Over time, players have lamented the lack of Playstation's beautiful games on their platform of choice, PC, especially at a time where Microsoft has committed to bringing every 1st party Xbox game to PC.

In fact, absolutely incredibly games like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Gears Tactics came to PC first, and will come to Xbox in the future. Because of this, Microsoft has routinely dominated Steam's best selling charts with their games, and Sony has taken notice. After games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding impressed with their PC ports, players were hopeful for more.

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It seems Sony may be keeping this in mind, and in their 2020 corporate report buried a comment that commits to at least exploring the possibilities. Besides hinting at a strong lineup of future exclusives, Sony's report said "We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability."

With the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 on the horizon, these gaming behemoths are looking for every way to capture the hearts and minds of players. Going where the players are is a great way to do that, so hopefully we see more of Sony's first-party games come to PC as well as Playstation, as Microsoft has now smartly begun to do.

Zachary Boddy
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  • I wonder how much more money they made on PC sales compared to their profit on PS4. If Sony is making that much more money with PC sales, you have to wonder if their bean counters will start doubting the need for a low-profit or loss generating hardware to support it.
  • That will happen, and it's only the natural evolution of the business. Microsoft saw it first. But Sony have always been so closed to everything.
  • @Fdruid. Exactly, been saying Sony should bring their games to PC for aeons now. It also allows them a wider audience for PlayStation streaming services lol. It will keep Microsoft on their toes with Project X Cloud. To be competitive Nvidia and Google will pour money in to Studios in attempt to get exclusives, which ups the ante. So we get more games to play, more features at an accelerated pace across the board. in the end, everyone wins except Google, as Stadia as it currently stands make zero sense - buy a game to stream.... So to entice new customers Google will have to throw in hellova lot more freebies. As a result, they will lose a decent chunk of change and will continue to do so for awhile.
  • This is great news! As more gamers, will get to enjoy Sony first party offerings. Also, if Sony goes the way of Microsoft. Then I can stay on one platform and just invest on my PC, as my personal choice of platform. Look forward to supporting Sony on PC as well.
  • More games to play on PC = more people using PC = in turn more PC hardware sold. Both AMD and Nvidia benefit. Intel, fair to middling right now as Karma has slapped them so damn hard they are on their way out of the heliosphere if they don't find away to course correct lol. Intel needs to get into discrete graphics, that is the only way. As to remain competitive they will have no choice but to undercut Nvidia. As if they don't they are effectively engaging in price fixing. Which they cannot afford to be see doing as it would be another PR nightmare ontop of the current ones - the most recent one has cost approx 50 billion in stock fall...
  • Okay let's see how quick the "Why buy an Xbox if I have PC? Just get a PlayStation" narrative changes.
  • It happened immediately. I'm not going to call out the tweets here, or the twitter handle, but there was a person who was actively threatening the lives of Sony executives over this decision. This person was calling on god for the strength and assistance to carry out his cleansing. It was nuts. I don't understand why people get so mad over having more people play games with them.
  • Oh there are a few on here that feel that way that went go out of their way to argue about Microsoft putting their games on PC not being a good move. But financially it makes plenty of sense. Opening up your games to another platform, means another stream of revenue coming in. Microsoft figured this out years ago. Sony is playing catch up. That's why even though Sony's the market leader with the PlayStation, Microsoft gaming division is still bringing in billions.
  • Definitely there's people who are raving mad in any hobby, but boy do they like their videogames, lol!
  • The fanboys on Twitter have gone into meltdown sending death threats towards Sony hierarchy over this. Some people are way too emotionally invested in their plastic box!
  • That's because all of them spent the last 2 years posting negative comments about Xbox doing it and negative comments about Gamepass. What they don't realise is the fanbase that does that is only a few million online. Most people growing up now, are growing up in a world where software isn't walled off to a single device. There is another company that does it. And they have never had the most marketshare. And that's Apple.
  • We all know which one in particular was posting negative stuff about Xbox doing. For the past few years.
  • And he's nowhere to be found. Probably complaining on pushsquare with all the other fanatics.
  • It was always going to happen. Personally I think Sony may have left it to late to try and create a service outside of their console. They obviously have seen the success MS are having launching day 1 on PC and how fast Gamepass is increasing its subs over the last year. The future is much more than a single device. It's an ecosystem that you can take with you anywhere. Sony are definately seeing this as something they need to do sooner rather than later.
  • Sony was on the wrong side of cross play, and they saw the light.
    They are on the wrong side of exclusivity too, but it looks like that's going to be fixed soon...
  • Now if only all three can get together and allow games to be sold on all platforms. I hate software exclusivity. I'll buy a Playstation for the controller, or an Xbox for the power, or a switch for the portability. Let the console makers compete on features, not software. THEN, gamers will truly win.
  • That's not how it works, exclusives make them fight to create the best games they can possibly make, there is a reason why Sony and Nintendo games are seen as the best games out there alongside a very few other games here and there. Microsoft used to be there with Nintendo and Sony with the 360, but unfortunately they decided that they can't beat Sony and now shifted their focus to gamepass.
  • About damn time Sony! They should have done this sooner, as they have left hell of alot of money on the table by being too stubborn lol.
  • I'm corious if Sony is going to do day and day and if they are doing with every game. And also PS5 games can't come to PC in the next 1/2 years because consumer grade PCs aren't capable of handling PS5 games.
  • High-end gaming PCs can handle those games now but it would take a while to get any more games ported anyway. I would imagine that they'd start off with God of War, Uncharted and some of their other big franchises though. I guess one question is whether they would port the older titles or just the most recent.
  • Before RTX 3000 they couldn't, the CPU power Required to do the decompression and DMA would be too much for consumer grade CPUs to handle (the I/O complex alone on the PS5 is equivalent to 11 Zen 2 cores, 8+11 = 19 cores!) Now with RTX 3000 doing decompression, everything changes.
  • Actually not true. Why? Microsoft. Their Velocity Architecture was designed to work on existing PC hardware. As long as you had an SSD in your PC. MS managed to get the Decompression work down to just a fraction of a single core on the CPU for PC. You have to remember Velocity Architecture was already coming to PC. And MS designed it on Series X to have a dedicated decompression block. But on PC MS worked at improving the decompression the CPU. "“DirectStorage can reduce the CPU overhead for these I/O operations from multiple cores to taking just a small fraction of a single core; thereby freeing considerable CPU power for the game to spend on areas like better physics or more NPCs in a scene,” Microsoft adds.
  • It's a good day to be a PC gamer or, at least, it will be. I don't really watch much game streaming online but the one game I've watched streamed all the way through was God of War. I look forward to being able to play that on PC. It is obviously a way off yet but I can wait.
  • I only want TLOU PC port. Period.
  • Yet strangely, IGN still hasn't covered this story. Go figure....