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Sony and Microsoft May Launch ‘Early Access’ Games

PS4 and Xbox One

While Steam’s year-long experiment with selling unfinished games through its “Early Access” program has had its share of issues, it’s hard to understate the impact it has had on the way PC games are developed, marketed, and sold, with games like Day Z and Rust becoming best sellers before they’re even finished. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by console developers or by Sony and Microsoft, both of which have been hinting they might introduce their own “Early Access” style programs for their consoles soon. In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Sony Publisher and Developer Relations VP Adam Boyes said finding a smart way to give players access to games that aren’t finished yet is “one of the massive conversations we have internally.” One of the major barriers, he said, is making the development state of the game clear to potential purchasers.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.