If you were hoping PlayStation would reverse course and launch your games on PC a few months or even years later, keep that hope up. Recently, the company said it will continue to exclusively release “wobble” on other platforms.
IN an interview with Famitsu (that is translated by IGN Japan), CEO and President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan said that the current strategy of releasing PlayStation games on PC is working well. He explained that since fans find the timeline “acceptable,” there’s no need to drop the PC exclusivity on the same day it launches for PlayStation.
“We also fully understand the importance of PS5 exclusive titles,” Ryan said. “As I mentioned earlier, the primary responsibility of PlayStation Studios is to create games for the latest PlayStation hardware that players will love. We are increasing the number of PS5 exclusive games and launching the PC version in an amazing way. I often have the opportunity to consult with game fans, and when I ask them how they feel about the time lag, they often say that they feel the release of the PC version two or three years later. when releasing the PlayStation version is acceptable.”
Ryan’s statement echoes something similar he said in March 2022 on adding PlayStation exclusivity to PS Plus on the same day they launched normally, a move that mimics Microsoft’s strategy with Xbox Game Pass. He talks about this “moral cycle” the company doesn’t want to break, in which Sony invests in the success of its first-party studios, which will then facilitate many investments. which will bring more success in the future. For some reason, by putting games on Sony’s platform-specific subscription service or moving them to another console—like PC—Ryan believes this tactic will degrade the quality of the games. Play PlayStation.
While it’s no secret that some PlayStation games have struggled to port to PC (Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 1 was riddled with many performance issues when it landed on Steam last March), other games—including Bend Studio’s the day has passed, Guerrilla game’ Horizon Without DawnAnd Sleepless game’ Marvel’s Spider-Man—is a fairly successful PC port. So it’s confusing to me that Ryan is so wary about bringing PlayStation games to other platforms, especially when they have extremely positive reviews on Steam.
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Sony has had a few PlayStation exclusives that have launched in the past year since God of War Ragnarok ARRIVE Forbidden Horizon. It’s unclear when these will appear on PC, though you might wait a little longer before that happens. The next PlayStation exclusive, Final Fantasy XVIused to be seems to be planning to launch on PC, but any mention of that platform has been removed from recent marketing materials. Either way, there’s still a long way to go for PC users who want to play Sony’s upcoming games on something other than PlayStation 4 or 5.