PlayStation Games Will Remain Console Exclusive for At Least One Year

Despite expanding into the PC market with some of their more popular titles, Sony has promised that all first-party titles will remain exclusive to PlayStation for at least one year. However, future live-service games may be making the leap to PC the same day they are released on console.

PlayStation Games Will Remain Console Exclusive for At Least One YearBack in March 2020, Sony announced that it was looking into bringing its first-party PlayStation exclusives to PC. Some fans were initially worried that Sony might start abandoning their loyal customers going forward if this endeavour took off as planned. However, in a recent interview with French YouTuber Julien Chieze, PlayStation boss Herman Hulst said that the company is still very much committed to the timed exclusivity of its games. Stating, players will “see at least a year between releases on PlayStation and on PC”.

As part of the interview, Herman Hulst praised the connection between Sony and its consoles, especially first-party developers’ keenness to experiment with new ideas and cutting-edge hardware and controllers. While also stating that it is a joy for these developers to see their games released on PC as well, vastly expanding the number of players who get the chance to experience their creations. So, loyal PlayStation fans need not fear, Sony is still very much committed to its community, as it knows its player base will engage with new experiments and releases from day one.

You can watch Julien Chieze’s full interview with Herman Hulst below:

Le Boss des PlayStation Studios me répond 🌟 Hermen Hulst : Jeux solos, cross-gen, rachats, PSVR 2

Future Live-Service Games

Herman did not, however, rule out releasing new live-service titles on both PlayStation consoles and PC on day one. This is because live-service games are “a little bit different in nature” and only work if you build a “really strong community with strong engagement right when you go live”. From the sound of it, these live-service games might well be new IPs, without established fanbases to engage with them from the off.

Sony has stated that they plan to launch up to 12 live-service games by 2025. This is a change to Sony’s previous business models, but the company promises they will continue to release their “prestigious” first-party single-player titles as well. What these live-service games will be is currently unknown, but they may include the Last of Us and Horizon: Zero Dawn multiplayer games currently in development.

The in-development Last of Us multiplayer game may be coming to PC that same day as PS5.

The in-development Last of Us multiplayer game may be coming to PC that same day as PS5.

No Longer PlayStation Exclusive

The first few games to have made the jump from PlayStation to PC have gone over well with all players. Horizon: Zero Dawn was the first to make the leap and sold remarkably well. From there, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, and Days Gone followed suit, all also selling well on PC.

Sony has promised a new wave of exclusives will be joining them on PC soon, including The Last of Us Part 1, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Uncharted: The Legacy Collection, and more. And according to this interview, every new first-party title will make the jump, too. In fact, in a recent investor meeting, Sony claimed to expect nearly 50% of their future launches to be on PC and mobile.

Horizon:Zero Dawn was the first on a long line of excellent exclusives to make the jump to PC.

Horizon:Zero Dawn was the first on a long line of excellent exclusives to make the jump to PC.

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