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.