While most of the chatter surrounding the new Playstation Plus tiers has been about the huge library of games (that we still know very little about), it should be remembered there are other benefits as well. One of these for PS Plus Premium subscribers is access to “time-limited game trials”, and it seems like Sony is taking this very seriously.
According to a new report from Game Developer, some developers will be required to provide a two-hour trial of their games for Premium members. The site’s anonymous sources state that any game which costs $34 or more on PS Store must also provide a time-limited demo. If this is true, you’ll be able to take any big, upcoming games heading to PS5 and PS4 for a two-hour spin before you buy. Well, if you’re a PS Plus Premium subscriber, that is.
The report goes on to say that this requirement is not retroactive — meaning any existing games won’t suddenly need a demo version — and it doesn’t apply to upcoming PSVR software. Additionally, developers don’t have to provide the trial immediately; they have up to three months following release to include the functionality. Also, the trials need only be available for 12 months.
To be clear, Sony is asking developers to provide a two-hour trial of the full game as opposed to a bespoke demo, although the latter would be acceptable on a case-by-case basis.
This all sounds pretty legitimate, but we’d still take this with a pinch of salt for the time being. It makes sense that Sony would stipulate game trials in some form with it advertising the benefit to Premium subscribers. It’ll be interesting to see how many become available once the refreshed service launches in June.
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