The decision to port first-party games for the PlayStation to PC was an easy one, according to former Sony chief executive Shawn Layden. According to him, Sony had to be where new customers were and that was on PC.
Layden tells this in the podcast What’s Up PlayStation in which he explains more about Sony’s decision to release first-party games for the PlayStation for PC. “We had to go where the new customers were and they didn’t come to us,” Layden said. “We had to go to them and why not with our best-selling games? It was also the easiest decision because a lot of people already own a PC,” it sounds.
The first game Sony released for PC was Horizon Zero Dawn in 2020. Because the game originally came out in 2017, Layden said there was no more competitive risk to re-release it for Windows in 2020. Simultaneous releases for PlayStation and PC are not possible, according to the former CEO of Sony.
According to Layden, this strategy will be followed by Sony. “Some PC gamers will be interested in a PlayStation 5 through Horizon or Days Gone. This is a win-win situation and potential customers will get an idea of what PlayStation can be like.”
After Horizon Zero Dawn came out for PC in 2020, Sony released zombie game Days Gone on the Epic Games Store and Steam in May of this year. Last month, the Japanese manufacturer announced that the PlayStation 4 games Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the expansion Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be remastered in 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PC. An exact date has not yet been announced.