Similar to Steam Early Access, it looks as though games in their early stages of development maybe available to purchase on PlayStation 4.
In an interview with Gamasutra, Sony’s VP of developer and publisher relations, Adam Boyes, confirmed that Sony are seriously considering a program similar to that of Steam’s Early Access for PlayStation Network. When asked if we could ever see an alpha released on PlayStation Boyes said, “That’s one of the massive conversations we have internally,” he explained, “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. At the same time, I want to help bootstrap people, to help them out. Like supporting the underdog for a sports team.”
When pressed more about how early into a game’s developments would developers be able to sell a game on PlayStation, he replied with, “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. No details yet, but it’s something on the top of my mind every day.”
Thinking about it every day? It seems that Sony are very keen to implement some sort of early access program and this interview suggests it’s more of a question of when rather than if.