Will Sea of Thieves ever find its way to PS4 or PlayStation 5? Considering Microsoft owns Rare, it's very unlikely.

Is Sea of Thieves on PS4? Answered

Will Sea of Thieves ever find its way to PS4 or PlayStation 5? Considering Microsoft owns Rare, it's very unlikely.

Sea of Thieves, Rare’s swashbuckling pirate action-adventure game, was released for PC and Xbox One in 2018. Currently, it is playable on those platforms plus Xbox Series X|S. But is it on PS4? Will it ever come to PlayStation 4 or PS5? 

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Can You Play Sea of Thieves on PS4 or PS5?

The short answer to “Is Sea of Thieves on PS4?” is that Sea of Thieves is not on PS4, nor will it likely ever come to PlayStation 4 or PS5. That’s because Xbox Game Studios owns Rare, and the likelihood of an Xbox Game Studios title ever releasing on a Sony platform is low.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz in 2019, Microsoft has previously allowed games that were initially released on PC and Xbox consoles to later appear on other consoles to honor “existing commitments,” but they “have no plans to further expand [their] exclusive first-party games to other consoles.” 

Since then, Microsoft has stuck to that in an effort, no doubt, to bolster its first-party lineup, which has been criticized as lacking for some time. Titles such as the upcoming Starfield, which is in development at Xbox Game Studios subsidiary Bethesda, will be a PC and Xbox console exclusive when it launches in late 2022. 

Microsoft’s tactic isn’t surprising in the slightest, considering that very few Sony exclusives have released on PC. The PC port for Bend Studio’s Days Gone released earlier this year, and the PC port for Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn released on August 7, 2020. 

It’s highly unlikely they’ll ever release on an Xbox console, though it’s worth pointing out that MLB The Show 21 and MLB The Show 22 each have Xbox versions. 

So right now, you can’t play Sea of Thieves on PS4 or PS5. The only way to play Sea of Thieves is to play it on PC, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X|S. The game retails for $39.99 but is included in Xbox Game Pass for console and PC at no extra charge. Game Pass Ultimate is $14.99 per month, while the standard version of Game Pass is $9.99 per month. 


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