Expect more PC ports from Sony PS4 or PS5 exclusives in the near future
Sony acquired Nixxes Software on July 1, 2021. The development studio is well-known for porting console games to PC such as Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Hence, when the announcement was made and Sony said that they acquired Nixxes “to provide high quality in-house technical and development capabilities for PlayStation Studios,” fans knew that they’re hiding something. And now, the jig is up, and the truth has been revealed.
In an interview with Famitsu (and through a translation and report by Twisted Voxel), SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan confirmed what fans already knew about the acquisition. “We’re also happy with our early efforts to bring our IP to the PC, and we’re hoping that Nixxes will help us with that,” says Ryan.
Thus, it’s very confusing as to why Sony felt it necessary to deny this a month ago. While it is true that Sony titles will most likely prioritize running smoothly on the PS5 first, it doesn’t mean that it can’t release at the same time as its PC counterpart. However, it may still be the case that new PS5 titles, especially big first-title ones, will be timed-exclusives for the PS5 at launch. Whether or not the PC versions are ready at that point, Sony may still choose to delay their release to milk the title first on consoles.
Whatever the case may be, it’s safe to assume that we will be getting PC ports of PS4 and PS5 exclusives at a faster rate now than before. Whether or not these titles will be new or old is beside the point. Games like Uncharted, God of War (which, if you don’t know yet, you can actually play on your PC now in a kind of roundabout way), and The Last of Us may finally arrive on Steam or the Epic Games Store.