18 September 2020
Earlier last month, Sony did something that no one saw coming beforehand. It released PlayStation exclusive title Horizon Zero Dawn on PC through Steam. This was an announcement that took everyone by surprise and was welcomed by PC gamers who do not own a PlayStation. It seems like that was just the beginning as we are likely to see more such releases in the future.
Sony's Corporate Report 2020 document mentions the company's plans about releasing more PlayStation exclusives on PC. This is only an idea under consideration at the moment with no guarantee on if it will actually get executed. Another thing to keep in mind is that even if Sony decides to go ahead with more launches, it is hard to predict what exclusive titles will be chosen and when they will be made available.
It seems like the idea behind porting exclusives to PCs is to increase revenue streams but Sony is also committed to making PlayStation as the first-choice platform for gaming. This suggests that it might choose the titles that are likely to tempt PC gamers into buying a new Sony gaming console. We already know that Horizon Forbidden West has been announced for PlayStation 5 and with the release of Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, it could be expecting PC players to go for the next-gen console.
Here is the official statement mentioned in the report:
“SIE aims to achieve robust revenue growth by accelerating the virtuous cycle that has been established for the PlayStation Platform. This entails increasing active users and playtime, enhancing network services, and reinforcing content IP so that consumers select PlayStation as their platform of choice. Targeted outcomes include growth in active users, stronger retention and a shorter cash conversion cycle, from which expanded cash flow can be expected. We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability.”