2018’s God of War is one of the most compelling PlayStation exclusives from the last generation. PC gamers who have just started to experience the award-winning game seem to be sold too. In recent days, there have been a number of posts across social media of PC gamers professing their intention to buy Sony’s PlayStation 5 for God of War: Ragnarok because 2018’s game is just that good.
Although the tweets above aren’t exactly scientific evidence, the sentiment that God of War on PC could sell PS5 consoles isn’t a new one. It’s regularly said that Sony chose to release Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War on PC precisely because the games could convince PC gamers to buy a PS5. The company waited until years after the exclusivity of the games didn’t matter anymore. Players who were going to buy a PS4 to play Horizon or God of War probably had done so by the time the games went to PC. Similarly, it’s no coincidence that Sony chose those two games to release on PC. Both games have major PS5 sequels just around the corner.
God of War on PC has been a massive success for Sony. The game launched with few issues and is packed with features that PC gamers enjoy such as ultrawide support. Compare that to Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on PC, which was a barebones port, and it’s easy to see why Sony has a lot of goodwill following the launch. The company is probably pretty happy with the sales numbers too, according to recent estimates the game has already sold more than 1 million copies on PC. If some of those 1 million sales also lead to PS5 console sales in the future then Sony is more likely to bring its games to PC in the future. Although don’t expect them until quite a few years later. Sony can’t sell consoles if it releases its games on PC too quickly.