Sony is Bringing PlayStation Games to the PC

Posted on February 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in PC gaming, PlayStation with 13 Comments

Sony built its videogame empire on platform exclusives, but the firm revealed this week that it will be porting PlayStation games to the PC. Is this an implicit admission from Sony that Microsoft’s cross-platform strategy is the correct one?

“A few things [have] changed,” Sony’s Jim Ryan told the British version of GQ for some reason. “We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle, our studios made some wonderful, great games. There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognize the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the caliber of the [intellectual property] has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So, it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.”

The first PS game coming to PC in 2021 is Days Gone, the publication reports, and it’s expected “this spring.” But that is just the first of a “whole slate” of PlayStation games coming to the PC this year and beyond. (And this isn’t technically the first PS port from Sony: It published Horizon Zero Dawn on PC last year.)

Other tidbits from the interview: Plans for a movie based on the hugely successful Uncharted game series is “very much on track,” as is a TV series interpretation of the game Last of Us.

But Ryan had some bad news for would-be PS5 owners: Supplies of the console aren’t expected to keep up with demand until the second half of 2021, well after Microsoft expects Xbox Series X|S supplies to catch up. And Sony has delayed the next Gran Turismo game to 2022.

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13 responses to “Sony is Bringing PlayStation Games to the PC”

  1. scovious

    The PC is starting to seem like the ideal gamer solution, if one can tolerate abundant hackers and modders in their multiplayer lobbies, and of course if they have the specs for it. I wonder if Sony will also re-focus its cinematic single player experiences into multiplayer and service model games in the future after their offline content gets a taste of the rampant piracy on PC. Probably not; I bet Sony views their first party games as timed exclusives for Playstation, leaving the PC as a mere second wind for extra income.

    • b6gd

      In reply to scovious:

      "if one can tolerate abundant hackers "


      I left PC gaming this year for this reason. I have been a PC gamer since 1992? I am sick of MP AAA games on the PC getting ruined by out of control cheating. Most AAA PC games are console ports that get patched after the console games do. There are less players on the PC 6 months after a PC game drops, where the console versions are being played years later.


      The XSX finally got powerful enough to meet my standards and my gaming PC now sits under my work bench in the basement. Its super fast at looking things up on the Internet, the 2070 Super rocks with YouTube videos :)

    • codymesh

      In reply to scovious:

      PC gaming is far from ideal. Not everyone wants to deal with the plethora of stores, game launchers, 2FA authentication and payment+billing info for each of them. On top of that, each launcher has their own updates, then each game in the launcher need to updated, plus you also have to update graphics drivers and of course update Windows itself.


      Oh and because now our friends are across so many different game launchers/platforms, people have turned to separate third party tools like Discord for their socials and communication. Which itself needs updates. Every now and then, an exciting game is released and Discord doesn't play nice, so some people turn to a backup third-party tool like Teamspeak or something. Be sure to adjust the in-game volume, desktop audio volume, desktop mic gain, Discord mic volume, and in-game mic volume for the perfect experience.


      Last but not least if you want to build a PC right now, be prepared for ample hype and marketing about how mindblowingly good the latest parts are, but zero substance on the industry delivering on their promised sales channels and pricing.


      After getting past all this, when you finally are ready to play, load up the game, and be ready to be killed by cheaters! They are people who also enjoy PC gaming - but for them, it's the ability to load a kernel-level driver that circumvents anti-cheat and expose every single software exploit in the game for their pleasure.

      • b6gd

        In reply to codymesh:

        Your post is dead on.


        Add to that all of the overlays that stomp on each other. Nvidia has one that is hard to turn off. Ubisoft has one as well, same for Orgin, both of which you can turn off. Steam has another, your video card maker can have one as well.


        Everything auto starts when your computer boots up so you can get into this massive update storm. Yes you can turn it off but it is just another thing you have to deal with while gaming on the PC.


        I do NOT like Windows for personal computing anymore and moved back to the Mac for anything non-gaming. My gaming PC, Ryzen 3700x, 2070 Super, 32gigs of RAM, 2-TB worth of Samsung 970 EVO's became an expensive gaming console that is tedious to maintain.


        Most of the games I play on the XSX now look as good and run as well as they did on my PC. Many are getting 4K 60fps updates, like the Division 2 did a few weeks ago.

        • vladimir

          In reply to b6gd:


          I guess it all depends from what games you like to play. I agree that If you want to play with a controller , just turn on the device and not think about it, a console is a no brainer. However, I play mostly with dedicated controllers, hotas for flight and space sims, wheel for racing games. I play some FPS and I find mouse&keyboard to be vastly superior to the controller. Even if i find it a bit tiresome, sometimes I enjoy playing in vr. All this is absolutely impossible to do with a PS or an xbox. So, my gaming PC ( which also doubles up as a work from home PC) is always running full steam and I'm dying to get a new nvidia card. I also own a ps4 and a xbox series s and they are just collecting dust. I don't turn them on since months. When I want to play in the living room I just launch stadia, easier, faster, cheaper and even works better for new releases, such as Cyberpunk.


          Of course there is some maintenance work to do, updating driver, keeping the PC clean etc. but I enjoy that and I consider it a learning experience. My kids have PCs and not consoles because i want them to learn to manage a PC and not get into the habit of just pressing a button to play

      • silmou

        In reply to codymesh:


        "Not everyone wants to deal with the plethora of stores, game launchers, 2FA authentication and payment+billing info for each of them. On top of that, each launcher has their own updates, then each game in the launcher need to updated"


        All the issues raised by everyone here about having multiple stores and overlays is really a mess of your own doing. Steam is the only store I have installed and have friends on. If other companies are not willing to make their game available on Steam without the need for yet another launcher, they don't get my business. It's that simple. There are plenty of other games I can play on Steam and have no issue missing out on those store-exclusive titles just like I used to miss out on console exclusives.


        Your reasoning here is that you're willing to give up on your entire collection of games across those stores and give up on all the PC + the competing console's exclusives to lock yourself to a single store instead, but on a console. You could have done just that on PC by choosing to deal exclusively with Steam, so you really can't count your own mistake as a downside for PC gaming.


        The only downside of PC gaming for me is Windows.

    • argrubbs

      In reply to scovious:

      I actually just sold my gaming PC a few weeks ago and decided to switch to console because of a variety of reasons. I grew tired of the fragmentation of the player bases over the various stores. I would have a game that a friend wanted to play with me, but I had it on Epic and they had it on Steam. I had amassed a game collection across Steam, Epic, Uplay, Origin, GOG, etc. and it was obnoxious to deal with. I found that I found myself browsing YouTube/Twitch, chatting with friends, and basically never gaming on my PC. The obtuse nature of PC gaming really didn't lend itself to me as a way that I could just get on with gaming.


      In regards to the cheating, that is definitely an issue on many games on PC. I recall enjoying Fall Guys when it first launched only to have it become completely pointless when many cheaters started showing up. In a game that rewards the last person standing, even if you're the only one cheating you will be the winner. It became such that if I saw someone performing some sort of hack, I'd just leave the lobby. After a while, I found myself leaving more than playing. So I stopped playing the game altogether. There are games where I never observed any cheating (though, I'm sure it was there) and enjoyed myself, though.


      Ultimately, my decision to switch to Xbox came with its share of downsides initially. I was coming from a slightly high-end PC to an Xbox One S. A substantial downgrade in terms of resolution, frame rate, etc. but the ease at which I could get into games made me enjoy gaming again. I discovered that games could be enjoyed for what they are rather than what they can do. I didn't bother myself about the frame rate or resolution as I had on PC. I now have a Series X and while I thoroughly enjoy the high resolutions and 60+ fps available, I still enjoy many 30 fps and sub-1080p games.


      It's just nice to enjoy games again.

  2. madthinus

    As they say: Follow the money. This is smart, and make sense. Happy for them to do this.

  3. joferm

    Here we go again with Gran Turismo. I loved the original game and it's been a primary motivation when I've bought PS consoles in the past, but it has almost always disappointed. It looks great and drives great but it always late and lacks good gaming modes. This time I'm sticking with Forza.

  4. justme

    I think this is a fantastic idea. I do wonder if a combination of the pandemic and their success with releasing Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding on PC had any influence. Would be quite happy to be able to play the Uncharted series on PC.

  5. codymesh

    It always seemed very strange to me that Sony would deprive themselves of the potential revenue from the PC gamers

  6. bart

    I guess these games will work with PSN and not Xbox Live? Or is this the start of more crossplay?

  7. eric_rasmussen

    This is awesome! There are a lot of games I love on the PlayStation but it would be nice to be able to play them from my gaming PC too, especially if it means my kids and I can play together from the gaming PCs we already own instead of waiting another year to be able to pick up a PS5.

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