Sony considering an Early Access programme

Bullet Jul 14, 2014

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    When Sony first started marketing the PS4 with slogans like '4ThePlayers' they made it clear that they wanted to give the gamers what they wanted, they went all out to make the gamers happy.
    One of the things that has been requested is an 'Early Access' feature similar to the platform Steam launched last March which allows developers to put their games out to the public before completion.

    Steam has had great success with their Early access so far with five of the ten bestsellers games being Early Access, such as: DayZ, Rust, The Forest, Space Engineers, Red Solstice.

    Sony Computer Entertainment would like to implement a similar system on the Playstation 4 which would allow developers to release partially finished games for PS4 gamers to download and play.
    Adam Boyes, SCE's vice president of developer and publisher relations, is behind the idea although it isn't without its pitfalls and negative aspects one of which is a focus on quality.

    "At what point does [a game meet standards of release]? We still at some point ensure that we're being mindful of the consumer. We don't want somebody to stumble across that title and expect a full product, and have a negative experience."

    There are many positives that could benefit both gamers and developers alike whilst bringing some exclusive early access to Playstation not to mention bug fixing which could result in a more stable final build, community feedback and, of course, an early revenue stream that can allow the developer more freedom.

    "Honestly, we're working through that right now. We're figuring out what's okay, we obviously have our tech requirement checklist that people have to adhere to. So we're internally discussing, what does that list look like this? What are the caveats? Stuff like this. So it's still a project that a lot of minds are considering. No details yet, but it's something on the top of my mind every day."

    If this goes ahead we feel it would be great for gamers, developers and not to mention Sony, what do you think about playing partially finished games?
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2014

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