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Sony Introduces Free PlayStation 5 Game Trials for Players

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BY October 4, 2021

There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse. It can happen with anything as simple as a new snack that catches your eye. That said, it’s much easier to swallow the financial loss of a candy bar than it is a brand new video game. With some modern games running you $70 for next-gen consoles, knowing whether or not the purchase will be worth it can be tricky and risky. Luckily, Sony introduced a game trails program for the PlayStation 5 that helps you get a test run at their titles before purchase. It’s a very player-friendly offer but it does feature some tricky mechanics that you’ll want to know about before downloading. Here’s how the Sony PlayStation 5 game trials work.

How Do Sony PlayStation 5 Game Trials Work?

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In an email sent to PS5 owners, Sony announced a new change to its PlayStation Store offerings. With the new update, players can try a game out for free before deciding if they want to buy it. Available until October 28, Death Stranding: Directors Cut and Sackboy: A Big Adventure can be played without purchase for five hours. Both titles are console exclusives to the PS5 and relatively well-received. They also happen to be games that I wouldn’t consider to be good fits for everyone. A trial for Death Stranding is a great way to know if you’ll like the game or not.

Here’s a bit of a catch: the five-hour trial starts as soon as you download the game. If you’re planning on coming back to it later, then it won’t be valid. Unlike the 10-hour EA Play trials, this is a 5-hour window that runs immediately. It’s not a deal-breaker, but you will need to use your trial wisely.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time the company offered game trials for its titles. Sony offered a similar game trials offer on the PlayStation 3, but it’s great to see it return for the PlayStation 5. For whatever reason, they skipped this feature with the PS4 era. Personally, I think it’s a genius move for the company.

Why Game Trials Work

Without a trial, some players don’t know if they’ll like playing a game or not. If you’re curious about a title, then giving it a hands-on try is very influential. We can watch streamers play a game but not actually enjoy them. For example, I think Final Fantasy VII Remake looks wonderful. After playing it, I knew within the first few hours it wasn’t a game I would enjoy all that much. It’s a subjective experience to play and enjoy a game. You can even like the idea of a game but not enjoy playing it. See how confusing this gets?

If a player tries a game and doesn’t like it, then they don’t make the purchase. That said, players who do end up liking the game can make a purchase knowing they’ll enjoy their experience. Sony stands to win over on-the-fence gamers with some of their exclusives that maybe don’t have that God of War Ragnaroklevel certainty with them.

If you own a PS5, then let us know if you plan on checking out these new game trials! Drop a comment below with your thoughts on the offer. Thanks for reading Comic Years for all things gaming, comics, and pop culture.

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Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.


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