A recent PlayStation-related presentation compiled by Sony for its Investor Relations Day revealed a lot about its projections for the PS5, plans for the future and how it has performed economically amid a global pandemic. While many gamers might not be interested in Sony’s numbers and stats, there are a few revelations in the report that will likely be of interest, including the fact that they are planning on a PC port of Uncharted 4.
Uncharted 4 is the latest and potentially last installment in the Naughty Dog franchise that has dominated the world of action-adventure third-person shooters with its glorious graphics and high adrenaline set pieces. It follows the story of Nathan Drake, a charming treasure thief with way more luck than he deserves and a knack for landing himself in trouble of epic proportions. With a movie on the way in addition to the PC port, it is clear that Sony intends on expanding the series to as wide an audience as possible.
This move is not entirely unexpected. Historically, Sony has had great success with the PC ports of their exclusive games. Titles such as Detroit: Become Human, and Death Stranding have managed to wow PC gamers after spending time as PS4 exclusives. More recently, Horizon Zero Dawn received a port that introduced more gamers to Aloy and her post-apocalyptic world of robot dinosaurs. As Sony’s presentation reveals, Horizon Zero Dawn has netted them a return on investment (ROI) of over 250%, making it clear that the choice to pursue the PC market was a smart one. Similarly, Days Gone on PC has thoroughly impressed critics, scoring higher than its console counterpart on Metacritic.
Other interesting tidbits from the presentation include the fact that PlayStation now boasts a 41% female player base which is a meteoric rise from the 18% it had during the PS1 era. Furthermore, the number of PS Plus subscribers has risen to 48 million, indicating strong growth for Sony’s streaming service. The presentation also briefly discussed VR on PS5. Features from the DualSense will find their way onto the VR controller, including adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.
Indications suggest that despite supply shortages, the PS5 launch has been successful. With an Uncharted 4 PC port potentially on the way, Sony’s empire will only be expanding as they reach more gamers and allow them to experience their amazing titles. It will be interesting to see what other exclusives find their way onto the PC market.