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More PlayStation Games Headed to PC, Days Gone Launches This Spring for PC

More PlayStation Games Headed to PC, Days Gone Launches This Spring for PC - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 2 days ago / 2,016 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with GQ announced more PlayStation games will be getting released on PC in the future. This will be starting with Days Gone this spring.

"We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before," Ryan said.

"Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games. There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognize the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward.

"The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the caliber of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make."

Days Gone first released for the PlayStation 4 in April 2019.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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OTBWY (2 days ago)

Why buy a PS when you can play on PC?

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PM’ed Shiken

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Otter OTBWY (2 days ago)

1) We're still acting like most console gamers are PC gamers who only buy consoles for exclusives?
2) We're acting like 3-5 year old ports of select titles are gonna drive Sonys core audience to PC?

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zero129 OTBWY (2 days ago)

Not everyone owns or wants a PC?. If you honestly believe that consoles like the PS4-XB1 etc sell a 100 million+ units just for exclusives you are really kidding yourself.

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Shiken zero129 (2 days ago)

Sony sure does like to copy. PSN copied XBL...PS Move copied the Wiimote...Dual sense copied rumble triggers from MS and HD rumble from Nintendo...and now the fans are copying what MS fans said when asked why buy an XBox when you can get a PC (by PS fans no less).

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zero129 Shiken (1 day ago)

Next they will rebrand PSNow on PC (Or maybe keep the name?) and use it as their own Digital Store and streaming service like Gamepass.

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Shiken zero129 (1 day ago)

I have expected that to be the case eventually for both Sony and MS since the start of gen 8. More of a question of "when" than "if". There will still be consoles, but when all digital hits they will be more like steam boxes till they die off completely. Nintendo would be the only outsider due to the fact that their consoles often go outside the box with their feature set.

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Jranation zero129 (2 days ago)

Not everyone owns or wants a Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo console.

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Signalstar OTBWY (2 days ago)

PS is cheaper and offers a consistent experience for all players.

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kazuyamishima OTBWY (2 days ago)
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KLAMarine OTBWY (2 days ago)

Some people don't care for gaming on PC.

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KratosLives OTBWY (1 day ago)

Because of the comfort of sitting on a couch or in bed, holding just a controller infront of a tv. Not everyone wants a mouse and keyboard with their eyes glued to the screen.

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Not really a valid pro of consoles these days there are plenty of people who already do that myself included, PC plugged into a TV and never touch a mouse and keyboard and just lay back and play with a controller.

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I honestly still cant believe in 2021 console gamers still use the "But i can relax with a controller" as a reason against PC :-D .

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Cerebralbore101 zero129 (20 hours ago)

Yeah me either. I switched to PC as my main gaming platform. It's not that hard to buy an ottoman or put your PC next to your TV and couch.

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if pc got all console excluves same day, not a year, 2, 3 years later, i:d definitely consider it, as there are pc games i would want to try out, but as it stands, very few exclusives make it to pc

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Well Sony just went from a 3 year wait to launch Horizon, to a 2 year wait to launch Days Gone. So that window is already shrinking. Eventually they will come around and launch everything day 1 on PC just like MS.

The sad part here is that Sony's own customers are getting the shaft here. They are buying a $400 machine to play Sony's games a couple years early. Then the definitive edition launches for PC, and the PS5 version doesn't even get an upgrade. Look at Horizon. It launched on PC with upgrades galore. But there are no upgrades for it on PS5. Sames goes for Days Gone.

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ice (2 days ago)

interesting

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TheTitaniumNub (2 days ago)

Bloodborne and Demon Souls Remake when?

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Love to try these games on Pc,

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You and me both, dude.

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And me!.

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Demons Souls was already accidentally announced for PC. So probably not long. I give it 6 months tops. I'll be joining you in playing that awesome game on my PC! :D

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Yup! I remember! I honestly want Demons Souls Remake a bit more than Bloodborne!

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zero129 (2 days ago)

This is great news and will only boost sales. Just cant wait to see what else Sony brings.

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It will boost sales of their games. As for their console sales? They are shooting themselves in the foot. They would make far more money in the long run if they simply kept everything exclusive to PS5, thanks to 3rd party royalty fees. There are 10 to 20 million PS4 owners out there that only bought the system because it had exclusives. I'm one of them. Take away the 20 to 50 3rd party games that users like me bought for the PS4. Multiply that by $10 in console royalty fees per game. Now keep in mind that roughly 30% of those users were subbed to PS+. Anyway it's a boatload of money and a hell of a lot more than Sony stands to make on the PC market.

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IDK. an argument I heard against PC frequently is that people just prefers consoles. Why would they lose money releasing old products on an different platform that such people are not interest while there are new costumers in that new market. IMO, It's a Win/Win.

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Yeah, it's a bit iffy as a strategy. At least they have to keep a couple of years in between the releases, so that the wait is real. Otherwise it'll be too easy for so many to just go with a PC and not bother with consoles at all. (Albeit that there are people like me who would always rather use a console.)But who knows, maybe in the long run Sony will morph into a pure entertainment company with no hardware. Hardware business is very costly to run.

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But like jangelel said Console gamers have been saying for years that they would stick with consoles for convenience sake and ease of use. However PC gamers like myself will never buy a PS5 for the few exclusive games that's on it but would buy them if they where on my platform. Now the question becomes how many PC users like myself would buy a PS5 for a few exclusives VS how many would buy the game if it was on the PC vs how many people will switch from PS5 to a PC just for them exclusives.
Im pretty sure Sony just like MS has done the numbers and realize they aint losing much console sales but are gaining a shit tone of money from PC users. Just like all them once 3rd party company's that used to be exclusive after dipping their toes into the pc platform see the is money to be made and all them company's love money.

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Cerebralbore101 zero129 (10 hours ago)

"Im pretty sure Sony just like MS has done the numbers and realize they aint losing much console sales but are gaining a shit tone of money from PC users."

Western companies have a long and storied history of sacrificing long term health for short term gain. Why? Because a CEO can be ousted if he doesn't provide immediate stock price increases. This puts pressure on CEOs to do whatever they can to temporarily increase the stock price. What happens to the company in ten years? Who cares? It will be a different CEO by then.

I'm sure Sony "did the numbers" by looking at MS' console sales, deciding that they didn't fall all that much, and concluding that PS5 sales won't suffer. But what they didn't take into account is that MS sales were already extremely low when they started porting things to PC. Everyone that would have left Xbox for PC had already left Xbox for Playstation.

Not to mention that the gaming market has evolved in the previous four years to the point where doing a study based on 2016 data is pointless. PC made huge strides in cost to power ratios in the last two years. If not for the pandemic I bet you'd be able to build a PS5/Series X comparable rig for $850 on black friday 2021. The knowledge needed to build a PC is everywhere now, and building a PC has become much more ingrained in the gaming culture. PS5 is at the start of its generation, while XB1 was right in the middle of its own gen.

Sure there will always be the Fortnite, Fifa, CoD crowd playing on consoles. But as far as hardcore gamers go they are all going to migrate to PC in the next 5 years. That is, if Sony continues with its current strategy.

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FloatingWaffles (2 days ago)

assuming it's possible hopefully Dreams eventually, love it on PS4 and releasing on PC would be such a massive boost for it

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I hope they release PS5 and PC versions of Dreams so the player and creator bases can grow!

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oh god yes, Dreams already runs & looks so much better in back compat mode on PS5 already so I can only imagine how mouth watering a full on PS5 version of it will be. would do wonders for the player base too, especially if they can get it out soon & include new Dualsense features, etc

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I kinda feel guilty not playing dreams after a month of its launch. I always thought a keyboard & mouse support would make crafting much easier.

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same here tbh, it's a game that is inherently flawed as it stands right now because it's not like LBP where there's a full story, characters, or world and everything to enjoy (Art's Dream is like 2 hours), the game is the creation tool itself and in order to make something amazing you have to dedicate so many hours where at that point you might wonder if it's better off just putting that time into learning Unreal or Unity so you can actually publish what you make everywhere and/or sell it. I think they said they want to allow that eventually but for now it's in a weird spot

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Norion (2 days ago)

If a consistent schedule is outlined like they'll come to PC 1-2 years after PS or something like that and their isn't platform exclusivity shenanigans with Epic this will be a truly great thing. It's obviously great for consumers and a good business decision for Sony as well since there are many PC gamers who will never buy a console no matter what so tapping into that market is a good idea. They may lose a few million PS5 sales but it should be worth it for all the money they'll get from PC gamers.

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They will lose 10 to 20 million console sales from doing this. Keeping exclusives is far more profitable thanks to the 3rd party royalty fees that console sales rake in. Sony is now a western led company though, so they greedily want all of the money instead of some of it. Hence the $10 price hike on their games, and porting everything to PC. They are testing the market to see how much they can get away with. I expect most hardcore gamers to switch from Playstation to PC within the next 5 years. Non-Nintendo consoles are for casual gamers and people too broke to build a PC now.

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"I expect most hardcore gamers to switch from Playstation to PC within the next 5 years"

I really don't see that happening. A lot of people do have brand loyalty, especially those invested in trophies or achievements and those kind of people are certainly hardcore gamers.

Plus for people interested in multiplayer games they'll probably continue to get whichever their friends have. So they only need to have 1 friend that's only into FIFA or something and they'll keep getting a PS to play with them (plus PC FIFA multiplayer is pretty dead so).

Not to mention anybody that's not an adult yet (and teens probably do make up a decent chunk of "hardcore gamers" probably doesn't have much choice in the matter and since consoles are easier they'll likely have to stay on consoles.

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What percentage of console gamers are trophy/gamerscore hunters?

Crossplay should continue to make progress this generation, so I don't see people being tied to the console their friends play anymore.

Well, yes anybody that doesn't have money is going to stick with consoles, kids included. I think most adults will see the value in getting a PC though. At least hardcore gaming adults.

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I could for sure see Nintendo losing that many Switch sales since they're the most dependent on exclusives by a big margin but if Sony first party games were coming to PC during the peak of the PS4 I doubt there's a chance that would make it not reach 100 million. I could see that making it not get to 110 though. Another thing is gamers who primarily game on PC who bought a PS4 would just get the exclusives they're interested in and would not get any multiplats and would also not be subscribing to PS+ and many would've bought the console and games used to save money so the lost sales are among the least profitable ones. Now neither of us truly knows which approach is best for business so it is entirely possible that Sony stops porting games later but I do think that is unlikely.

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mjk45 Norion (1 day ago)

A few million PS5's with its 78% PS Plus membership average atm, plus games and accessories sales lost that's a hell of a lot of first party PC sales to make up that up with pc stores taking a cut and rrp being less.

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Norion mjk45 (1 day ago)

Something to consider is the type of gamer who primarily games on PC who got a PS4 for the exclusives probably wouldn't subscribe to PS+ or buy accessories and likely would buy the console and games used or during a big sale to save money so those lost sales are among the least profitable ones.

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Well, I'm predicting that a lot of people that primarily gamed on PS4 will switch to PC in the next 5 years. So we're talking about 10 to 20 million people that bought a lot of games, and accessories for the system. That's about 9% to 17% of the PS4 userbase. I wouldn't be surprised at all if PS5 only did 80 to 90 million, and PS6 wound up with 30 million or less. Sony is just out there killing its brand. $70 games. Drifting controllers. Porting their exclusives to PC.

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It doesn't seem like Xbox games coming to PC impacted Xbox One sales in the second half of its life that much though and while it's still really early Xbox Series X/S is currently outpacing the Xbox One and all its games coming to PC is a well known factor. Traditional consoles getting killed off by this move won't happen as long as buying a console is far cheaper than buying a PC with even just similar specs. If you could buy a PC with PS5 or Xbox Series X level power for lets say only 600 then I could for sure see console gamers mass switching over to PC.

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Xbox One was already at an all time low when they switched over to bringing all their games to PC. Xbox One should be easy to outpace since its the 2nd worst selling Xbox console.

Give it a year, and building a PC with PS5 level specs will be doable at a $600 price tag.

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Norion Cerebralbore101 (22 hours ago)

It's just you seemingly think it's likely the PS5 declines significantly compared to the PS4 due to this and for the PS6 to basically fail but Xbox games have been coming to PC for over 4.5 years now and the brand hasn't shown signs of being impacted in a big negative way by it yet. The Xbox One has declined at a similar rate the PS4 has in the past couple years so there isn't any real evidence yet a move like this will cause a big decline for the PS5 since Xbox gamers haven't started mass switching in the timeframe you said Playstation
gamers will.

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Cerebralbore101 Norion (20 hours ago)

Apples and Oranges. Xbox hardly had any exclusives to start with. Any damage that would have been done to their brand by porting their games to PC was already done at the start of the generation by all the missteps at the start of last gen. Xbox was in such a low spot that they had nothing to lose.

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Norion Cerebralbore101 (10 hours ago)

They had nothing to lose but still will reach 50 million so PS6 has zero chance of only doing around 30 unless a tiny percentage of units explode like the Note 7. I do think the amount of damage you think it'll cause to the PS brand is unrealistically high but my estimation could potentially be too low so really all that can be done is waiting five years or so and see how sales are looking for the new consoles. I think if anything will kill off or at least severely reduce the market of traditional consoles it'll be game streaming when that becomes much bigger. I do expect traditional consoles to eventually stop being a thing but the true main causes is a wait and see thing for now.

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KLXVER (2 days ago)

Great game. Probably will run better on PC.

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VAMatt KLXVER (2 days ago)

Would be a pretty big disappointment if it doesn't perform better on PC than an 8 year old console.

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KLXVER VAMatt (2 days ago)

Indeed.

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Chazore VAMatt (1 day ago)

This is their chance to show that they care about port quality, if not, it's going to set a bad example of their offerings to come, so you'd hope they shape things up, because MS has been with their PC ports for some years now.

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mjk45 Chazore (23 hours ago)

Depends on who they get to port it and how much input they have but I assume that Days Gone being Unreal 4 makes it somewhat easier. wonder if the studio that ported
Horizon is used again.

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Chazore mjk45 (21 hours ago)

I would like to think that after the HZD port, that Sony decide to get someone else to port it over instead, because another launch like HZD would just hinder sales/reviews and the image of Sony quality.

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KratosLives VAMatt (1 day ago)

depends on the engine though and how optimised it was for console minue the pc bottlenecks. For pc gaming, i wonder how much potential of each gpu/cpu is actually realised vs a console one set up over several years, with pc the obvious raw power going to resolution fps. As good as the best cpu/gpu set up is pc., just imagine the games on console with that exact setup being exploited to the max. The ps4 uses the same pc architecture for it's cpu, but still i'd hope they gave the pc some good months of optimisation otherwise potential for a shoddy port. Next gen console games to pc is a massive plus for pc gaming, since pc exclusives on there on won't be hitting the same AAA level as consoles, in terms of budget and production values.

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Chazore KratosLives (23 hours ago)

I'm sure it's going to make use of both CPU/GPU at the end of the day. There's been mention that the PC version will be getting increased LoD's, field of view, foliage draw distances etc, so I'm going to assume it's going to be making use of said hw, both low to high end.

That is if the PC port is competently done, and not like Horizon was.

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Hynad KLXVER (2 days ago)

Performs exceptionally well on PS5.

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KLXVER Hynad (2 days ago)

Nice. Looking forward to trying it:)

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Mr Puggsly KLXVER (1 day ago)

Impossible, no PC can outperform a PS4.

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Dgc1808 (2 days ago)

Really wish they'd give us more clarity on their plans going forward. If all/most of the games are coming to pc let me know so I can ditch the damn console!

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method114 Dgc1808 (2 days ago)

I think that's part of their strategy is to be very vague and make announcements at the last minute like this. It helps stop the backlash from the player base. I'll still buy a PS5 either way. I like having a PC and console that way if something happens with 1 I can fix it on my own time and just hop on the other. It's rare but it does happen and my game time is limited as it is so when I have time I just want to play not TS issues.

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mjk45 method114 (2 days ago)

It looks like they are taking first party IP that has run its race on PS4, but are current enough to look good on PC and make some extra cash , but whether this is an end of gen cash grab or an ongoing strategy only time will tell.

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mutantsushi mjk45 (2 days ago)

Sure, although I would frame it as if they don't sell those now on PC they will be too old to do so later, so they are priority. That doesn't need to mean they are dedicated to that amount of time delay, it could be less with future titles.

Probably interesting question is how they see PC and PS platforms relating, will they offer one multiplat digital purchase? I could see that happening via a crossplatform PS+ that has other benefits but one could be multiplat downloads for single purchase, where dual PC/console gamers could help get inertia on PC side. Not sure how Epic plays into that, but increased shareholding in exchange for joint ownership of PSN seems plausible, maybe with separate-but-interlinked arrangement like Renault/Nissan.

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if you game on pc alot as your primary, i'd say you shouldn't bother getting a console till mid or towards the end of the cycle. certainly not early on.

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Angelv577 (2 days ago)

It was expected since horizon zero dawn pc version was announced. The question should be if sony is planning to release ps5 games day and day on pc. I dont think gamers care a couple of years old games get release on pc.

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Signalstar (2 days ago)

Days Gone has already been playable on PC for months through PS Now...

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Ka-pi96 Signalstar (2 days ago)

"playable"? Not for those of us with dodgy internet connections :P

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non-gravity (2 days ago)

Isnt this being given away for free with ps5?

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Bandorr non-gravity (2 days ago)

It is part of the PlayStation collection that is in turn included with PS+ on PS5.

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Azzanation (2 days ago)

Awesome, one game that has my interests since Motorbikes and Zombies are my thing.

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DonFerrari (1 day ago)

Seems like I won`t need PS5 if this expands.

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zero129 (1 day ago)

Steam page is up https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/1259420/
Cant wait to get this.

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loy310 (1 day ago)

Good, Sony might as well tap that PC money. For people that want simple streamlined experience they can always pick these games up on console and not PC. Everyone wins.

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KratosLives (1 day ago)

I'm actually happy it's going to pc. Game was great and deserves more sales.

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Ka-pi96 (2 days ago)

Awesome, looking forward to this one!

Hopefully we'll get the Uncharted collection soon too!

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Jranation (2 days ago)

I cant blame them. Game development is getting more expensive. Increasing the price is not enough. You need to make it available on the biggest gaming platform PC and/or mobile

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Ljink96 (2 days ago)

Makes sense, and I think this is a route Sony will continue to go down happily. Most of their money is made in software and services not hardware. So basically, the more the merrier. Nintendo will be the last to embrace PC if ever due to the fact that they make decent money on hardware and software and are scared straight of Piracy and Mods.

Edit: Of course, these releases won't be day and date with PS systems. This is just a way to make more money and increase consumers of their software after the bulk of sales is made on PS4/5.

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Cerebralbore101 (2 days ago)

This is why I'm not getting a PS5. I already have a kickass PC to play games on, and if everything eventually comes to PC then I'm just wasting my money buying a PS5.

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Mnementh Bandorr (2 days ago)

You don't need to buy a PS1 to play FF7, just wait a little and you can eventually play it on Switch (-;

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Bandorr Mnementh (2 days ago)

Actually FF7 is already on the switch. If we are talking about "that" FF7.

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Mnementh Bandorr (2 days ago)

Yeah, it was just a joke, that you have "only" to wait 10 years or so to play it.

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zero129 Bandorr (2 days ago)

The backlog for most PC gamers is real. trust me i can bet that any pc gamer will tell you they dont mind waiting for something. I think thats the main difference between console gamers and pc gamers, its also one of the main reason why most console games are more front loaded in sales while pc games sales are more long term.

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mjk45 zero129 (2 days ago)

The same can be said for console gamers

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zero129 mjk45 (2 days ago)

I never said console gamers dont have backlogs. My reply was too Bandorr's "You must have impressive patience. I wouldn't even want to wait a year for a game" so im just pointing out the fact PC gamers dont mind waiting as most of them have massive backlogs anyways thanks to Steam sales, humble bundles, epic games etc etc..

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Yeah when everything is digital there's less of an incentive to buy it right away. I only buy a game for my PC if I know I'm going to play it within the next three months. Same goes for Indie games on Switch.

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This. i dont know why we are getting down voted as its just the truth we are speaking.

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All gamers win here., doesn't matter what platform you own, there is going to be enough content to please everyone. At the end of the day, it's all about what you want to play right now, and what you are willing to wait for.

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mjk45 KratosLives (1 day ago)

To a certain extent every gamer waits for the next game of interest to come out but even if the wait for PS5 games lasts till the PS6 launch , gamers waiting for HL 3 or readers waiting for The Winds of Winter will shrug and say that was quick.

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Demons' Souls was already accidentally announced as coming to PC. I'm sure Horizon 2, and God of War 2 will come to PC within 2-3 years of release. I have a huge backlog. I can wait 2-3 years to play a game if I have to.

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Ka-pi96 Bandorr (2 days ago)

Did you grow up rich or something?

Some of us only got new games as kids for birthdays/xmas. So waiting is perfectly normal to us.

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method114 Bandorr (1 day ago)

I am a very patient person I can wait. At the same time though I just like having a console just because. Always have. A gaming PC and console is what I will always do.

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