Sony is rolling out a new feature on the PS5 called Game Trials. While the company has yet to publically announce them, users in certain regions have begun spotting trial versions of specific PlayStation Studio games on the store. These games have a “Download Trial” tag on them.
Each game seems to offer a specific time period tied to the trial. For example, Death Stranding Director’s Cut gives users six hours of game time to play the action-adventure. In addition, Sackboy: A Big Adventure only comes with five hours.
Unfortunately, there is one big catch to keep in mind when downloading these trials. The timer for each trial starts the moment you begin the download. This means if your internet is slow and it takes two hours to download Death Stranding, you’ll only have four hours to play the game.
This timer kicks off the moment you either add the game to your library or start the download. If you want to take advantage of these games, you’ll have to make sure you have the speed to get the game downloaded as soon as possible.
Why Sony locked the downloads behind a timer is beyond us. For those with slow internet, it could mean you won’t have any time to play the game after it has been downloaded.
Sony has also locked the game trials to one download per account. So once you have downloaded the game and played it, even if that is for an hour, you won’t be able to download the same game again. These PS5 game trials are also only available until 29 October so we don’t know whether or not Sony plans on making this a permanent option in the future.
According to the fine details, all progress you make, add-ons/DLC you purchase and trophies you unlock during the PS5 game trial carries over to the full game should you purchase it. At the moment this feature is only available in certain regions including the UK. If Sony does launch it in more countries we will share the news.