Sony will be asking some PlayStation game developers to create beta versions of their games as part of upcoming changes to their PlayStation Plus subscription service, according to a new report from Developers. game. Those betas will be required to last at least two hours, if the game sells for $34 or more.
The news comes after Sony announced it would be revamping its PlayStation Plus service and adding new subscription tiers in June. A new tier of that service, called PlayStation Plus Premium, offers limited-time game trials in addition to classic games from multiple generations of PlayStation consoles.
Sony is reportedly giving developers up to three months after the game launches on the PlayStation Store to release a timed trial. If developers want to submit a demo in lieu of a trial, Sony reports that Sony will approve those games on a case-by-case basis. The game developer, citing development sources, said these requirements are retroactive and do not apply to new PlayStation VR titles.
Polygon has reached out to Sony Interactive Entertainment for comment.
PlayStation Plus Premium, Sony’s new service that includes these new trials, will be available for $119.99 annually or $17.99 monthly starting June.
https://www.polygon.com/23042769/playstation-plus-premium-free-trial-demo-game-development Sony now requires devs to make 2-hour game trials for PlayStation Plus Premium