Sony would require timed trials for games over $34

According to a new report, Sony is now notifying its developers of a new rule that will require all games over $34 to have a timed trial for PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers.

While we previously knew very little about how PlayStation Plus Premium trials work, sources told Game Developer that any game that passes the threshold will need to include a minimum two-hour trial. The change isn’t retroactive, nor does it apply to VR-specific titles, but developers releasing games on PlayStation 5 in the future will now need to allocate time and resources to create these trials.

Developers will have up to three months after a game’s launch to offer a timed trial to PlayStation Plus Premium members, and it must be available for at least 12 months. While Sony has expressed a willingness to be flexible and allow custom game demos instead of trials, the company will approve these options on a case-by-case basis. Developers can also choose to create demos, trials and free weekend access periods available to all PlayStation Plus subscribers, regardless of tier.

Premium is the third and highest tier of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Plus overhaul and will include everything in the previous two tiers, plus a selection of retro PlayStation titles and the aforementioned Timed Trials. Sony recently revealed when players will be able to upgrade to the two new tiers of PlayStation Plus, including a target date of June 13 for those in the Americas.

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