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PlayStation Plus: Demo Demos For Overpriced Games? Sony’s new idea

Game news PlayStation Plus: Demo Demos For Overpriced Games? Sony’s new idea

A few days ago the Spartacus project (now called PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium) was finally unveiled to the world and, as you probably already know, it is a subscription program that combines two services: PlayStation Plus therefore, but also PlayStation Now. That’s not all, we also learned that the Premium plan will include an extra little surprise, demo. How do they fit? Answer immediately!

Demos required for great games?

The information just fell out, it could be that Sony is now forcing the various studios to offer time trial versions to garnish its new subscription proposal, the PlayStation Plus Premium; a service that combines the benefits of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now and also offers some additional bonuses. These timed demos are one of them.

In fact, according to sources shared by the Game Developer site, Sony has recently turned to various developers and publishers around the world to announce the news: studios that work on big games, i.e. games sold for $ 34 or more (about $ 32) like Kena: The bridge of spirits, Shadow Warrior 3, Return or also FIFA 22they are now required to publish trial versions of their games. These demos must last at least two hours, which is nothing, and must be accessible on the PlayStation Plus Premium service for at least a year. Of course, creatives under $ 34 are not required to create demos, but they can still offer them.

An advantage for the players, less for the developers

If this new proposition will undoubtedly appeal to curious gamers who like to test their games before going to the cashier, keep this in mind. this could harm developers who intend to release their productions on the PlayStation Store. Indeed, the studios will now have to provide additional resources to create these popular demos. Games sold for € 39.99 that have a short life or play cycle (such as sports games for example) could also lose a lot of buyers. However, please note that these timed demos do not necessarily have to be made available at the time of the game’s launch, as Sony would have informed that developers have up to three months after a title’s release to release a trial version.

Also according to the various sources, it could be that the developers are also willing to offer customized demos, even if these will then have to be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Finally, please note that these requirements only apply to games that will be released shortly and do not apply to PlayStation VR productions. Obviously all this information has not yet been formalized by the Japanese manufacturer, so you have to take everything with a grain of salt.

The different formulas in detail

Recall that when it is launched at the end of June, the new PlayStation Plus will offer three formulas: Essential, Extra and Premium.

PlayStation Plus essential

  • The online game
  • Several games (two to three per month) to download
  • Discounts on purchases
  • Cloud backup
  • € 8.99 for one month
  • € 24.99 for three months (or € 8.33 per month)
  • € 59.99 for twelve months (less than € 5 per month)

PlayStation Plus extra

  • The online game
  • Several games (two to three per month) to download
  • Discounts on purchases
  • Cloud backup
  • PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games available for download (approximately 400 PS4 and PS5 games at service launch)
  • € 13.99 for one month
  • € 39.99 for three months (or € 13.33 per month)
  • € 99.99 for twelve months (just over € 8 per month)

PlayStation Plus Premium

  • The online game
  • Several games (two to three per month) to download
  • Discounts on purchases
  • Cloud backup
  • PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games available for download (approximately 400 PS4 and PS5 games at service launch)
  • PSP, PS One and PS2 games available for download
  • These same games for PSP, PS One, PS2, but also PS3 and PS4 in streaming
  • Limited time access to the latest AAA games (presumably on the day of their release)
  • € 16.99 for one month
  • € 49.99 for three months (just over € 16 per month)
  • € 119.99 for twelve months (just under € 10 per month)

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