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Oct 4, 2022 1 min read

PlayStation games will launch on PC a year after PS5

Portrait of PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst

Don't have a PS5? Well, if you're ok waiting a year, it looks like most PlayStation single-player exclusives will make their way to PC.

PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst has shared fresh details on Sony's planned release strategy for their original content on PC.

In an interview with French journalist Julien Chièze, the studio head explained that the company will now strive to release PlayStation exclusives on the PC around a year after their original launch.

"I think going forward we'll see at least a year between releases on our own platform (on PlayStaion), and on the PC platform"

However, he added that live service games (generally multiplayer experiences — and an area of focus for PlayStation) would likely be the exception here, noting that such titles tend to benefit from same-day cross-platform launches.

"Live service games are a little bit different in nature because you want to have strong community and strong engagement"

So far, Sony has launched four former PlayStation exclusives on the PC, including the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn and Marvel's Spider-Man. More titles are on the way, too, with both Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves coming later this month.

Last year Herman explained Sony's thinking around this PC strategy, saying:

"There’s an appetite from gamers outside the PlayStation ecosystem to experience the amazing portfolio of games that PlayStation fans have enjoyed for years."

Sales of Spider-Man and Horizon on Steam would seem to suggest as much.

Sony's message seems to be this: If you want to play those big, blockbuster single-player narrative-led games that PlayStation Studios are known for on day one, you'll need a PS5.

However, if you're happy to wait a while, you can pick it up for your PC roughly a year later.

Hopefully, they get Deck Verified.

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