Returnal gets Steam Deck support for unannounced PC release

The Steam listing for the still-unannounced PC port for one of the best PS5's best games has received several updates this month.

At first glance, Returnal is the perfect game for the PC. However, Sony's latest acquisition, Housemarque, made it exclusive for the PS5. Not that we're complaining, as Returnal makes excellent use of the DualSense and the PS5's proprietary SSD. A little over a year and a big update later, it appears that one of 2021's most underrated games is finally headed to the PC.

Returnal Steam Deck Support Pc Release
Returnal is one of the best roguelikes to come out in recent years. It would fit right at home on the PC.

This isn't the first time that we've heard of Returnal's PC port. The game was included in the infamous Nvidia GeForce Now leak. Then, in May, cybersleuths eventually found out that the listing for "Oregon" on Steam was for the PC port of Returnal.

Now, hawk-eyed observers have noticed an interesting update on the Steam listing for Returnal. Specifically, a ResetEra user points out that the string of changes made earlier this month suggests that Returnal is probably gearing up for a PC release soon with full Steam Deck support.

Returnal Steam Deck Support Pc Release
Returnal wasn't a best-seller on the PS5 but it could end up topping sales charts with a PC release.

It's becoming increasingly more likely that Returnal become the first true PS5 game to hit the PC. Technically, Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered will beat it to the punch, but the Spidey game is more of an updated version of the original 2018 title rather than a full game made specifically for the PS5.

With Sony expecting to make $300 million from PC ports this fiscal year, bringing Returnal to the PC could help. But, the most interesting part here is the lack of release dates.

We still don't know the release dates of the PC versions of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves and The Last of Us Part 1. Hopefully, the release of Marvel's Spider-Man in August will help provide more clarity. The current fiscal year will end on March 2023, which leaves Sony just around eight months to meet its sales quota. It's not impossible, but the lack of transparency will affect pre-order sales figures.

Speaking of PlayStation exclusives headed to the PC, Sony also still hasn't confirmed the PC versions of Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Ghost of Tsushima, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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