New PlayStation Plus to require certain games to offer free trials: report

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One of the new benefits PlayStation is introducing with its upcoming expanded PlayStation Plus service is timed play trials.

Although Sony has yet to confirm any of the titles that will offer them, a new report gives some insight into the types of games that will be included.

Citing developer sources, game developer reports that PlayStation is requiring games with a wholesale price of US$34 (approximately CAD$43.61) or more to offer a time-limited trial. These must last a minimum of two hours, although games priced below $34 are exempt from this policy.

These requirements would also not be retroactive or applicable to future PlayStation VR titles. Instead, developers are starting to hear about it now and will have up to three months after their games launch to implement a trial. These must remain available to PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers (from CAD$21.99/month) for at least 12 months.

PlayStation also allows developers to create custom trials instead of time-limited trials, although these will need to be approved on a case-by-case basis.

For one, game trials are, in theory, an option for consumers to play a game without spending up to $80 or $90. That said, game developers will need to allocate time and resources to create a polished demo, which can be tricky.

The new PlayStation Plus is set to launch on June 13 in Canada and the United States

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