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The Last of Us Part I trial: a marketing trick or a sign of Sony's goodwill?

Published: 15:21, 17 January 2023
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The trial for The Last of Us Part I is available for PS Plus subscribers
The trial for The Last of Us Part I is available for PS Plus subscribers

The subscribers of PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium will be able to try The Last of Us Part I for a limited period of time.

Sony recently added a game trial option to The Last of Us Part I for all PlayStation Plus subscribers on the Extra and Premium tiers. This is a time-limited trial in which you may play the first 120 minutes of the game before deciding whether to buy this game or not. From the game's release date in September 2022 until now, The Last of Us Part I has not been discounted, and its high price appears to be the deciding factor for many not to buy it just yet.

You might be wondering why Sony decided to include a trial for The Last of Us Part I now rather than earlier. The reason is simple: the premiere of HBO's The Last of Us TV show. Sony may hope that by doing so, they will be able to attract new players who have not yet experienced The Last of Us but have seen the series in order to make it available for them to test.

If the new potential buyers decide to purchase the game, they will have to spend $80 for The Last of Us Part I, a remake of the original game made exclusively for PlayStation 5 , or go for the cheaper option and buy The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4 for $20.

It is important to note that by downloading The Last of Us Part I trial, you will be downloading the whole game onto your PlayStation 5 console, which will require around 70 gigabytes of disc space. If you decide to buy the game after the trial period has ended, you will not have to wait for it to download again, which is a nice thing. But if you only want to try the game, keep in mind that 70 gigabytes is a lot of space, and with the slower internet, it will take a while.

PlayStation Once you download the trial, you will have 120 minutes to play the game Once you download the trial, you will have 120 minutes to play the game

Apart from the initial PlayStation 3 release, The Last of Us has been recreated twice, first for the PlayStation 4, then for the PlayStation 5, as a complete remake. Given that the plot of HBO's The Last of Us series is nearly identical to the plot of the original game, we may conclude that Naughty Dog is selling the same story for the fourth time; it appears that only Rockstar had greater success with Grand Theft Auto 5. So if you think that this free trial is the result of Sony's goodwill, think again.

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