In a recent corporate report about the 2020 year (which is typically as thrilling as it sounds), Sony revealed that they intend to bring more PlayStation games to PC.
“SIE aims to achieve robust revenue growth by accelerating the virtuous cycle that has been established for the PlayStation Platform,” reads a section of the report. “Targeted outcomes include growth in active users, stronger retention, and a shorter cash conversion cycle, from which expanded cash flow can be expected. We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability.”
That last line is really the star of the report from a consumer perspective, but its meaning is a little more ambiguous than it may initially appear to be. What does Sony mean when they say they will “explore” the possibility of bringing more games to the PC platform. Does that mean they’re not yet committed to the idea? Sony also neglects to mention when these games could be coming to the PC platform. At this point, it doesn’t seem likely we’ll get any more ports in 2020, but could there be plans in place for 2021 ports?
Yet, the most important unanswered question of them all is “What PlayStation games will Sony bring to PC if and when they follow-through with this initiative?”
When Sony revealed that Horizon: Zero Dawn was coming to PC, PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss Hermen Hulst noted that Sony does not intend to start bringing all of their first-party games to PC as the Xbox team does. He also stated that there were no plans to bring new PlayStation games to PC on the day that they are released for the PlayStation platforms.
Taking that information into account, it seems likely that the next round of PlayStation PC ports will likely focus on PS4 games and not upcoming PS5 titles. We imagine that Sony will want to keep PS5 exclusives on the PS5 for quite a while, especially considering the additional difficulties they face in 2020 in terms of shipping a new gaming console in the midst of a global pandemic and economic uncertainty. They’ll need all the incentives they can muster to encourage people to buy a PS5 right away.
As for specific games, Bloodborne has been the most likely (and requested) PC port candidate for quite some time. We’ve also been hearing more rumors about the possibility of Marvel’s Spider-Man coming to PC, which makes a lot of sense considering that it could help promote the upcoming release of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.