Sony has added a new Game Trials feature to PlayStation 5.
The feature is now available on PS5, apparently in the UK only, for just two games: Death Stranding Director’s Cut and Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
Head over to the PlayStation Store listing for any of the games and you’ll see the option to download a free trial.
The Death Stranding trial offers six hours of playtime, while the Sackboy trial offers five hours. However, there is a catch, and a big one: according to the fine print, the timer starts from the moment you press “download test” via the console or “add to library” via the web.
This is a desperate decision on Sony’s part – I’m downloading the trial version of Death Stranding now, and my PS5 tells me there are three hours left until it completes. That means I only have three hours left from my test to play the game.
The fine print also mentions a trial per account per game, and the Play Trial only applies to the PS5 versions of games. Trials are only available until 11:59 pm on October 28, the fine print continues.
Also note: game add-ons / DLC purchased during trial can only be used with the full version of the game, if purchased. And saved game data and trophies carry over to the full version of the game if purchased.
It’s a cool new feature for PS5, and I hope it spreads to more games. But the decision to start the timer from the moment you hit the download is horrible, and I hope Sony changes its mind about it.
Until then, redditor jsnals suggests a solution you wish you had seen before you started downloading the trial version of Death Stranding:
- Create a new account with the same region as your main account
- Click Download trial version on a new account
- After downloading, go to main account and click Download Trial
- As you downloaded before, you don’t need to download again and you can play