By almost anyone’s standards right now, we simply have too many games to play on PC. It’s a great place for gamers to be. But now Sony is looking to add to the heap as the console maker ponders the idea of putting some of its PlayStation 4-exclusive games on PC.
Sony acquired game studio Insomniac, responsible for the most recent Spider-Man game, Xbox and Windows title Sunset Overdrive, and of course the Ratchet and Clank series. In reporting the news, Bloomberg spoke to Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios. Layden talked about the idea of bringing some games, with a particular focus on multiplayer games, to PC.
“We must support the PlayStation platform; that is non-negotiable,” Layden said. “That said, you will see in the future some titles coming out of my collection of studios which may need to lean into a wider installed base.”
So what does that mean? It’s hard to say right now. Is it possible we could be playing Spider-Man and Bloodborne at 60 frames per second? It’s not impossible. It’s more likely that we’ll see Sony focusing on cross-platform games and having teams work titles designed for PC. SIE comprises 14 studios that include hitmakers like Sony Santa Monica (God of War), Insomniac, Naughty Dog (Uncharted), and Guerilla (Horizon Zero Dawn), along with a bevy of others. It’s likely we’d see a studio like SIE Japan or SIE London focusing on PC, rather than someone like Insomniac or Naughty Dog.
The pieces are all there
With that said, Insomniac in particular has experience putting games out on PC thanks to Sunset Overdrive, so this new acquisition means Sony has experienced experts to lean on if they want to port. Layden said that exclusive titles will continue to be a part of Sony’s strategy, but games like Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto have proven that releasing on PC two years later doesn’t mean it’s too late for a game to succeed, and PlayStation 4 exclusives would likely be very well received by a PC gaming audience even a few years later.
While we hold our breaths to see if we’ll get to play Spider-Man at 4K/60, Sony is hard at work on the PlayStation 5, which is rumored to be hitting shelves next year.