Games from Sony’s PS5 livestream that are heading to PC too

These games were announced for PS5, but many will also release on PC

Did you catch Sony’s live-streamed event, showcasing the Playstation 5? Titled “The Future of Gaming”, it gave a first in-depth look at some of the games that will be coming to their next console, and they popped their collar to give viewers a first look at the physical appearance of the new console.

There were some great looking games on display, although similar to Microsoft’s event from last month, Sony didn’t in my view do a particularly good job of showing what would be possible on their new machine that would be impossible on current hardware. No doubt the graphics will be nicer than on PS4, and the load times will reduce, but beyond that, I wasn’t particularly sold on any kind of vision for what makes the PS5 so special. Maybe that will come with time, but it felt to me far closer to an iterative upgrade rather than a generational leap. It doesn’t mean that the PS5 won’t be a nice machine, and I’m still open to being convinced that it has some utterly essential features or functionality that would make it a more compelling concept, but they didn’t yet convince me to dive in on day one.

The single exception to this was Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which seems to be putting the PS5’s extremely fast SSD to work by having you hop through portals to other dimensions at extreme speeds and without any loading. It’s a gimmick, but it’s a fun gimmick, and I’ve never quite seen anything else like it before. Good work, Insomniac. Pretty much everything else looked like it would be totally possible on current systems to me, even if they had to dial some of the graphical features back.

Perhaps one reason it didn’t seem particularly game-changing is that the bulk of the games that they have shown will also be gracing the PC platform. If present-day PC gaming hardware can handle these games without trouble, it suggests to me that any key technical advantages that PS5 will have over other consoles won’t raise it above mid to high-end PC hardware. I’m sure these games will be perfectly enjoyable for anyone who does play them on PS5, but if you’ve got a decent gaming PC, perhaps these games being available there would somewhat lessen the appeal of the PS5.

Read on for the full list of games that are confirmed for PC, plus the source of the confirmation.

Bugsnax

The official trailer confirms that this will be coming to PC via the Epic Game Store.

Deathloop

Confirmed for PC on the Playstation blog and other marketing materials.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Confirmed for PC on the Playstation blog and other marketing materials.

Godfall

https://youtu.be/HRS9463W20U

Was previously announced for Epic Game Store, which is reiterated by the trailer.

Goodbye Volcano High

The official trailer confirms that this will be coming to PC via Steam.

Grand Theft Auto 5

GTA5 launched for PC back in 2015, after originally for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, and PS4 and Xbox One in 2014. Did someone mix the tapes up when this was included in the PS5 announcement event for some reason?

Hitman 3

The official trailer description confirms that this will be coming to PC.

Jett: The Far Shore

The official trailer confirms that this will be coming to PC via the Epic Game Store.

Kena: Bridge of the Spirits

The official trailer confirms that this will be coming to PC via the Epic Game Store.

Little Devil Inside

The developer just reconfirmed that it will be coming to PC alongside the Playstation release, in a Kickstarter update.

NBA 2K21

Strictly speaking not yet confirmed for PC, but this series has been multiplatform for quite some time, and they’ve been on PC since 2K9.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Was announced for PC some time ago, coming to the Epic Game Store, which is reiterated by the official trailer description.

Pragmata

The official trailer confirms that this will be coming to PC via Steam.

Project Athia

This game is being marketed as “designed exclusively for PS5”, but I’m not exactly sure what that means since it has also been announced for PC in the official trailer. I hope the PC version has been “designed” too.

Resident Evil 8: Village

The official trailer confirms that this will be coming to PC via Steam.

Solar Ash

Not sure if they got confused, or if there is just some old copy that got posted to the trailer description, but it would seem that this game is coming to either just Epic Game Store or possibly also Steam. Since it’s already live on Epic Game Store already, I’m guessing someone forgot to update the marketing copy after the cheque from Epic cleared.

Stray

The Steam page is already live.

From what I can tell, the games that will not be hitting PC any time soon are:

  • Astro’s Playroom

  • Demon’s Souls

  • Destruction AllStars

  • Gran Turismo 7

  • Horizon: Forbidden West

  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

  • Returnal

  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales

These are all Sony first-party titles, funded and published by Sony themselves. As the upcoming PC release of Horizon Zero Dawn shows, eventually, it’s entirely possible that these games could hit PC at some point too. In the case of Horizon Zero Dawn, it’s taken over 3 years to go from Playstation exclusive to PC release, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if we were looking at similar timelines for other big first-party Sony games if they ever make the jump at all. Microsoft has made a reasonably firm commitment to releasing games from their own studios on Xbox and on PC, but we’ve not seen any such commitment from Sony, even if that feasibly could happen in the future.

By my maths, that’s 17 games that will be coming to PC, and 9 that we can reasonably expect not to hit PC any time soon. Microsoft’s similar event last month was made up entirely of games that would be hitting PC too. These are two clearly different strategies, where Microsoft is hoping to build up its active Game Pass subscriber base across both PC and console, whereas Sony is hoping that their lineup of exclusive software will convince players that Playstation 5 is the console to get. Seeing whether either, or neither, or both of these strategies was the right course will only be a matter of time. These systems will be released before the end of the year, and console generation transitions are often unpredictable. Sony is in a position of strength with how successful the PS4 has been, but that can and previously has led to complacency. Microsoft stumbled out of the gate with the Xbox One, but they really have turned things around in recent years, made a lot of progress from smart decisions, and some of their studio acquisitions in recent years seem primed to deliver compelling games going forward.

However things play out with this pair of new consoles, PC players are going to be able to get in on most of the fun, with from what we’ve seen so far, the majority of games for these systems being on PC too. I’m sure playing them on PS5 will be a very enjoyable experience, but having the majority of these PS5 games on PC too means that the choice is up to you. Sony’s first-party lineup is likely to offer some great games that won’t be on PC any time soon, but will that be a compelling enough pitch for players that can already play most of these PS5 games on PC? I guess we’ll find out down the line.

Will you be getting a PS5 to play any of these games? Will you just hold out for PC versions? Are you swinging towards Xbox Series X, Playstation 5, or just sticking with PC at this point? Let us know in the comments.

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