Sony has introduced free game trials to PlayStation 5.
In an email sent to PS5 users on Friday, the platform holder announced that Death Stranding: Directors Cut and Sackboy: A Big Adventure can now be downloaded for free and played for several hours.
The game trials are available via the PlayStation Store until October 28 and the time limit begins when players begin their download, so those with faster connections will get more time with the games than others.
Death Stranding: Directors Cut can be played for six hours and Sackboy: A Big Adventure can be played for five hours, according to Sony’s marketing.
The trials are only applicable to the PS5 versions of the games and any DLC purchased during the free period will only be usable after expiration if users purchase the full game.
Recent patents suggested that Sony may be planning to add PlayStation 5 games to its streaming service PlayStation Now, which could potentially offer a smoother way for players to trial games in the future.
Sony is starting a thing called Game Trials, allowing you to play certain games for a limited time period. Good idea, all little like Ea Play 10 play I guess.— Joe 'wotta' Anderson 🏴⚽️🎮 (@_wotta) October 1, 2021
It starts with Death Stranding and Sackboy. pic.twitter.com/hfjlvVLBgG
The patent shows how Sony plans to group multiple high-speed NVMe SSDs together and store the same information on them, for the purposes of providing data at high speeds to a client device.
The description specifically uses games as an example, and explains how information can be sent to the user from multiple different SSDs to ensure stable performance if an SSD is overloaded or dies.
PlayStation Now’s software library includes over 700 PS2, PS3 and PS4 games streamable to PS5, PS4 or PC, and over 300 PS4 titles which can be downloaded and played on consoles.
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