This year alone, Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn have made their way into PC’s everywhere and if Sony’s corporate is any indication of things to come, then we can see more first-party titles make the jump.
Sony has recently published their 2020 Corporate Report, which discusses a lot of the efforts and plans for the company. A segment in the report, which you can find on Page 42 and 43, talks about their “Gaming & Network Services”, and has a particularly interesting quote:
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 play time, 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.
While it is not necessarily a bad thing, the underlying worry is that interest in the PlayStation 5 may dwindle due to these exclusive not being exclusives anymore. That may be true, but we’d like to think Sony are smart enough to have thought of that too, and similar to Horizon Zero Dawn, it is likely that these first-party titles will not be making the jump on day one, or maybe even within the year of launch.
It can be argued that some other high profile first party titles like Days Gone, God of War, and Spider-Man could see a resurgence in sales if and when they release for the PC, just like what Sega has done for Persona, so it really is an enticing option to take.
In the mean time, the PlayStation 5 still has some big first-party titles lined up like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which are expected to bolster hardware sales when it releases.