Steam launched their Early Access program in March of 2013, and it affords gamers the opportunity to get their hands dirty with playable code of a particular game. By making use of Early Access, you get to play some of the latest games while they are still in development – but some of them might never reach further production stages.
Sony is toying with the idea of a similar program, by allowing PlayStation players to get access to playable code from developers, but it seems like it is only an idea for now.
“That’s one of the massive conversations we have internally – that, 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,” Sony Computer Entertainment America VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes told Gamasutra.
He added that it’s a whole different process to releasing a normal game or a demo, as there are certain criteria that they want to abide by.
“Honestly, we’re working through that right now. We’re figuring out what’s ok. 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.”
Don’t get your hopes up just yet. There are no official details on whether the program will actually take off, or when it would be available if it eventually does.
“No details yet, but it’s something on the top of my mind every day,” Boyes concluded.[Source – Gamasutra]