Demonstration builds are a key instrument in building pre-release hype for a game, or to breath a bit of post-release buzz for a lesser known release. But creating a self-contained experience, while still teasing the fully-priced product, is a difficult task. Some developers, most often seen in Xbox Live’s Indie Games library, time their demos: offering the full experience for a limited amount of time. Others block off all but the basic modes of play, giving the most streamlined version of the game. But a new patent from Sony, discovered by Siliconera, may add a new method to the demo madness.
Degradable demos, as they have come to be colloquially known, will offer the full-length, fully featured version of a release, in which the features or components will slowly be removed (measured by either play time or a set number of plays) until the player decides to pay the cost. Examples include a fully upgraded weapon by replaced with gradually weaker models, or with subtler aspects of the presentation like brightness and color depth fading as the player progresses.
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