Jim Ryan, the CEO of PlayStation, has officially confirmed that the company will maintain its current approach to releasing exclusive titles on the PC platform. While exclusive PlayStation games will eventually make their way to PC, they will not be released simultaneously with their console counterparts.
The decision to port PlayStation exclusives to PC was first seen with Horizon Zero Dawn in 2020, marking a departure from the company’s previous stance of keeping first-party titles exclusively on PlayStation consoles. Following the success of Horizon’s PC port, Sony expanded its efforts to make more exclusives available on PC, citing the “ease of making them available to non-console owners.” Notable titles such as God of War (2018) and Marvel’s Spider-Man have since been released on PC, leaving gamers to speculate if future PlayStation blockbusters would follow suit with day-one PC releases.
In a recent interview with Famitsu, Jim Ryan addressed the number of PlayStation games that have been ported to PC thus far and shed light on the company’s plans for future releases. Ryan stated that the current strategy of waiting two to three years before porting over exclusive titles has been successful, and there are no plans to change this approach. He also highlighted feedback from game fans, who often express that a PC version released a few years after the initial PlayStation launch is acceptable.
Ryan emphasized the importance of PS5 exclusives and PlayStation Studios’ responsibility to develop games for their latest high-end system. He added that the company would increase the number of exclusive titles for the PS5 and subsequently release these games on PC at a later date.
The discussion of PlayStation games being ported to PC inevitably brings to mind the less-than-optimal experiences of certain PC ports, notably the recent release of The Last of Us. Sony has a history of delivering subpar versions of its exclusives on PC, as seen with the launches of Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Before expanding the release of exclusives on PC, Sony may need to address these issues to ensure that the fan base remains excited. However, successful ports like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man have demonstrated that high-quality adaptations are indeed achievable.
In the midst of these developments, it is intriguing to consider PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan’s observation of Xbox head Phil Spencer’s strategy, particularly with Game Pass. Xbox has gained recognition for offering exclusives on Game Pass Ultimate from day one, including the PC version. Although Xbox does not release as many exclusives as PlayStation, the continued success of Game Pass cannot be ignored. Only time will reveal which approach will prove most effective for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC gamers alike.