Sony has plans to offer demos of its games to PlayStation Plus subscribers. This offer will cover all games that cost more than 33 euros, with its producers being obliged to provide a demo lasting at least two hours.
The information is provided by Gamedeveloper.com, which cites several producers working with Sony who were made aware of this new policy through Sony’s developer portal.
It should be noted that this change is not retroactive, nor will it cover games with a value lower than 33 euros.
This new policy has a certain flexibility, possibly thinking about the studios that already have their titles at a relatively advanced stage of development. Developers will have up to three months after the launch of their games on the PlayStation Store to release the demos, which must be available for 12 months.
Sony is also open to the possibility of releasing custom versions of the demos rather than time-limited game samples, which will have to be individually approved.
According to the publication’s sources, the producers welcomed the reception of this new policy. While larger studios can allocate the resources and staff necessary for this additional effort, smaller studios will feel increased pressure on their workload.
The new demos will be introduced into the new PlayStation Plus tiered subscription system, targeting Premium tier users. Being the most expensive option, it is also the one that offers the most benefits, and Sony has already confirmed access to demos in this mode.