More often than not, developers are more than willing and happy to open up the alpha/beta phases of their upcoming games to the community. This allows gamers to play the game ahead of its release, and at the same time allow developers to spot and catch any bugs that might be present in the game and fix it before it goes up for sale.
Steam has an interesting option which is early access. This allows developers to put their games up for sale to get players to play their games while it is under development, who can then help provide feedback along the way – essentially a paid alpha/beta access. Now it seems that Sony themselves could be considering offering such a feature to PlayStation gamers and developers as well.
This was revealed by Sony’s Adam Boyes during an interview with Gamasutra who said, “That’s the thing — we live in a different world. There are different types of people. There people who always back games, enjoy Kickstarters, try things that they know aren’t finished but are willing to help make better.”
However bringing a PC feature onto consoles might be a different story. After all due to the differing nature of the console and the PC, gamers will have different expectations, so Boyes notes that it will be a challenge to bring the early access feature onto the PlayStation, but states that Sony “working through that right now. We’re figuring out what’s ok.”
What do you guys think? Would a PlayStation early access feature be something you would look forward to? Or would you rather purchase games that have been finalized and polished?