Insomniac Games’ game got the PC port, which isn’t bad (quite the opposite: it’s an ambitious conversion!), but somehow, the PlayStation 5 version is still a step ahead.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, among the PlayStation 5 launch titles (but also available for PlayStation 4), has been ported from Sony’s consoles to PC, courtesy of Nixxes Software. Nixxes has been one of Sony’s most recent acquisitions (including Housemarque, who last made Returnal; its PC port is an open secret, and Sony refuses to announce it), and it seems that Jim Ryan, president, and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has made a good bet.
The YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits frequently produces multiplatform comparison videos (often featuring Sony’s PC ports), and this time, it’s done the same with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The PC version is better than the PlayStation 5 version in more ways than one. There’s better ambient occlusion (AO) and strong ray-traced shadows on a sufficiently powerful rig. However, it comes at a price: the game’s PC version has a slightly shorter drawing distance than the PlayStation 5, which also shows better vegetation quality than the PC!
There is also a difference in loading times. It’s much better on PlayStation 5 than on PC. But even leaving that aside, the other two graphical shortcomings question whether this results from bugs. If so, a patch could make the PC version even more robust. Indeed, the vegetation’s visibility and quality aren’t as much of a distraction. It could have been worse (e.g., if it had a lousy frame rate depending on the PC used), so at least the starting point can be called good.
So Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is now available on PC alongside PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Let’s hope that Sony doesn’t keep us waiting for more than a year at the very least (that’s the exclusivity period that PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said), so we can expect Horizon II Forbidden West to arrive on PC in early 2023 at the earliest, and God of War: Ragnarök next autumn.