A little insight behind demos on PSN, including quotes from a few developers.
I would love if every PSN games had a demo. Also would like every Vita games to have a demo, or a 60min time limit. But the one thing I want Sony to push is have screenshots or Video for every game. Puddle just came out, I had no idea what this game was. I had to go look it up on my Mac.
I see no reason why developers can't, at least, knock together a short trailer or a few screenshots... I mean, the store has the option for pressing Square to give a preview, why not use it?
developers and publisher can put out a demo but they are charged by Sony to do so. http://ve3d.ign.com/article...
Not every game needs demos, but as Thom says streaming trailers on PSN/SEN - whatever - should be mandatory.
Yeah, that would be a nice feature actually. They already have said feature for Themes/Wallpapers, so...
60 minute demo for a PSN game? Wow. That's way too much time.
What's PSN? I only know SEN. :P
It would help sales a lot, possibly. Also would help them identify problems faster, and get them fixed.
Well I buy a lot of PSN (SEN) games based on my experience with the demo. So they shouldn't be compulsory, but they should all have one for the sake of business. Like a Chinese take-away should have free prawn-crackers with an order to help business, but theres no obligation for them to.
Yes a millions times over. Demos, videos and screenshots should be mandatory on services like the PSN. Steam & the Xbox Live marketplace do it. Even PSN Japan does it (although they also seem to be able to change their PSN ID as well). Sony needs to step their game up on this. Maybe the SEN name change will be the first step in the right direction.
'although they also seem to be able to change their PSN ID as well' For the last time, Japanese users can't change their username, it's a nickname feature and it's a local change only...meaning nobody on their friends list or anyone they play online with can even see it.
They won't / can't unless Sony is willing to pony up and pay for the server space themselves. Currently Sony charges any developer including SEN/PSN games for server space for any demo or trial. If Sony made it mandatory they would need to change that, and given they don't charge for SEN/PSN access I don't see how they pull that off. Maybe offer it up for PSN+ members only? Btw...is that now going to be SEN+?
Its PlayStation Plus not PSN Plus so no the name will be the same probably.
All games should have demos. Period.
Yeah, that'd be great. It'd boost sales for devs and help me try out games I'm on the fence with.
Yes and i also think that Minis and PS1/PS2 classics/imports should all have demos.
Would be great
Here we go again simplifying things again. In a business there are protocols, processes and other things to go through before things are done. It's easy enough to say 'mandatory demo for all games' But is it really that simple? @ Dlacy13g That is what i mean. Probably not everyone can afford demos or trails. You can't force them to do it.
i love when theres anonymous sources, it always tells me that the article is full of it. the article quotes (ha) an anonymous source saying "It definitely makes us think about how we view the distribution of content related to our games when it is free for us to do it on the web, on Xbox Live, or any other way" i just wanted to point out that this is not free, not on the web, xboxlive, or any other way. i wouldnt be surprised if companies ended up paying more than 16 cents/gb of data if they were to host it themselves, many bigger publishers (ubisoft almost definitely does) are probably prepared for this, and do their own web hosting for many of their things, but theyre paying to have it done. they have staff on site/on call 24/7 and also pay by how much bandwidth is used. in lives case youre paying for it. everyone with xboxlive is paying for demos, yep, those things that have always been paid for by publishers as a marketing tool are now being paid for by the gamers. youre paying to be marketed to. are you happy with yourself? you shouldnt be - this is pretty much the definition of treating your clients like garbage and theyre making a lot of money from it.
People are abit confused by the PSN-SEN name change. PSN the service is not getting a name change nor is it going away. Your PSN account is changing to a SEN account. So when you sign in you will be using your SEN account to access PSN.
It's amazing how many people are confused by this. It even refers to "PlayStation Network" as one of the services you have access to with an SEN account in the new Terms of Service the notification email links to. It's clear that almost everyone, including "journalists" reporting on it didn't even read the thing. This whole thing is just one big internet fail. Why people would assume that Sony would eliminate a brand they have building for six years, and do nothing to market it's replacement brand beyond a ToS update is beyond me.
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