With every week that goes by, another game previously exclusive to consoles is now announced for PC. It’s far stranger these days to see a game which isn’t announced for PC than a game that is; a far cry from this time 10 years ago. It’s meant there’s become an ever-shrinking list of reasons to shell out $400 on console when the vast majority of games can now be played in the same place and with the best hardware available.
Naturally enough there are still a few holdouts however. Japanese publishers seem to be the biggest stragglers but the vast majority do seem to come to PC eventually, it’s just a waiting game.
With that in mind, here are 10 console exclusives which will in all likelihood be coming to PC soon.
Ninja Gaiden by way of Dark Souls, Nioh is getting a ton of hype among the PlayStation community for a reason. Stunningly atmospheric visuals combine with Japanese folklore to deliver a captivating action adventure. This one’s been tagged with the telltale ‘Console Exclusive’ by Sony in its trailers. History tells us that unless Sony specifically states ‘PlayStation Exclusive’ then this is a game which is eventually heading PC-wards.
Games don’t get much bigger than Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar continues to push the bar for open-world games higher and higher. No other team seems to be able to compete with their immense budget and insane attention to detail, leading to some of the most immersive and downright fun games around. The original Red Dead Redemption never made it to PC, and the sequel has been announced for Xbox One and PS4 only, but if GTA V has taught us anything it’s that Rockstar and Take Two won’t leave money lying on the table anymore. A PC port of RDR2 is practically guaranteed, the real question is when?
For quite a while we had to make do with feeding off scraps when it came to the Final Fantasy series. Square Enix was happy to hop from console to console, dropping Final Fantasy games wherever it could find the largest audience. That’s all changed lately as Square Enix looks to squeeze Final Fantasy onto any device that can run it. We’ve now got the vast majority of Final Fantasy games available on Steam and Final Fantasy XV is sure to follow suit soon. FFXV director Hajime Tabata refused to rule out a PC version but said it would take an additional year of development.
By now I feel like NetherRealm Studios just love teasing PC gamers. Injustice: Gods Among Us was well received on PC with almost 1 million owners according to SteamSpy. That should surely be enough to ensure a PC port of Injustice 2 but for now NetherRealm has said this isn’t happening. The hot mess that was the Mortal Kombat X PC port has no doubt led to this situation. With any luck this is just a case of NetherRealm giving the PC version of Injustice 2 a little more time in the oven.
Whether Death Stranding has already been confirmed for PC is a matter of some debate. Hideo Kojima has said as much during an interview yet everything else points to PlayStation exclusive, including Sony publishing the game. In truth it’s likely we’re seeing a No Man’s Sky scenario here. Sony will be publishing Death Stranding on consoles while Kojima Productions will be free to do what it wants with a PC version a little further down the line.