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Sony’s latest State of Play: Street Fighter 6, Final Fantasy XVI, new PC ports

Enlarge / We knew Sony was bullish about PC game launches in 2022, but we didn’t think Spider-Man would be included. Great news for PC gamers. (credit: Sony / Insomniac / Nixxes)

On Thursday, Sony’s latest game-filled “State of Play” presentation included fantastic news for PC gamers: Its critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man is coming to Windows PCs on August 12. The news arrived shortly after a leak suggesting that Returnal and Sackboy: A Big Adventure are not only coming to PC this year, as well, but will include toggles to make them look and perform better than their PlayStation 5 versions.

The event was jam-packed with impressive-looking new games, though most of them have been given 2023 release dates (and everything shown on the upcoming PlayStation VR 2 platform is thus far undated, as that new peripheral still doesn’t have a release date). As PC gaming enthusiasts, however, we want to start with the PC-specific news.

Why Sony’s PC bullishness makes us believe today’s leak

Marvel’s Spider-Man launched on PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro in September 2018 and landed near the top of our favorite games of that year. Its PC port, which we are still surprised to see, given what a PlayStation console sales driver it’s been, will arrive on PC courtesy of Nixxes, a development studio known for some of the best console-to-PC ports of the past decade. Sony acquired Nixxes in early 2021, but up until today, that acquisition hadn’t yet borne fruit, as Sony’s other recent Windows game releases didn’t credit Nixxes in any way.

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