Bringing games to both console and PC is a great idea for any developer. Sure, it means more effort, but it also means opening up your experiences to a new market — and audience. Microsoft learned this a while back, making most of its AAA releases playable on both Xbox consoles and PC. Now, it looks like Sony might follow suit.
Just days after news broke that Horizon Zero Dawn will reportedly come to PC, it sounds like another series might follow suit. That’s because a new job listing has appeared over on Naughty Dog’s page. In case you don’t recall, this studio is one of Sony’s most prominent developers. They’re responsible for games like the Uncharted series and The Last of Us.
So… Naughty Dog on PC?
According to the listing, the developer is on the lookout for a new Graphics Programmer. However, in the job duties, it notes that the position requires a “Thorough understanding of current GPU architectures (AMD GCN, NVIDIA CUDA).” Considering that Naughty Dog normally uses AMD silicon — which the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 hardware support — it’s an interesting revelation.
Now, of course, the studio hasn’t said anything officially. And given that Sony is no doubt focusing on the PlayStation 5, it might not come soon. So take all of this with a grain of salt.
However, the idea of Sony focusing on new experiences for PS5 and bringing its older games to the PC front is a swell idea. It could introduce audiences to games that have already become bonafide hits, adding to their success. And it would hopefully not get in the way of giving those that buy the new system something to play as well.
Currently, users can enjoy their PlayStation games — a few of them, anyway — on PC with the PlayStation Now service. These include a number of PS4 exclusives, including Horizon Zero Dawn. However, these are based on cloud tech, and not hardware releases, like last week’s Horizon story suggests. Still, it’s better than nothing.
We’ll see what Sony and Naughty Dog have in mind sometime later this year. In the meanwhile, check out the latest trailer for The Last of Us Part II below, in case you want an idea of what we could get. Maybe.