While the gaming landscape continues to change, with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony taking different approaches to things, one aspect the latter will not budge on is its exclusives. As PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said in an interview with Famitsu, PlayStation exclusives will remain available on consoles for a prolonged period of time before making the move to PC releases.
For those that are unaware, the current strategy is that PlayStation will never launch its exclusives day and date on PC, preferring to stagger the releases to ensure that console players can enjoy themselves on the very machine these games were developed for.
“We also fully understand the importance of PS5 exclusive titles. As I mentioned earlier, PlayStation Studios’ main responsibility is to make games for the latest PlayStation hardware that players will enjoy. We are increasing the number of PS5 exclusive games, and staggering the release of the PC versions,” Ryan explained in a quote translated by IGN Japan.
“I often have the opportunity to ask game fans for their opinions, and when I ask them how they feel about the time lag, they often say they feel the release of a PC version two or three years after the release of the PlayStation version is acceptable.”
The very first instance of a PlayStation exclusive crossing the divide was Horizon Zero Dawn in 2020, three years after it first graced the consoles. This was followed by other titles such as Days Gone and Marvel’s Spider-Man. This is certainly the opposite approach compared to that of Xbox, with most games released on the console, PC, and even cloud on the same day.
It’s hard to argue with the PlayStation point of view, however, especially with the success the company has found in using this strategy. Even if there have been teething problems when it comes to ports, they are not so significant when it represents another revenue stream for the gaming giant.