One of the perks that’s perhaps going under the radar with PS Plus Premium, the top tier of Sony’s subscription service, are the Game Trials. Now these aren’t quite what was originally rumoured: the functionality doesn’t expand to the entire PS Store, and appears much more curated. But they are surprisingly generous – in the case of Horizon Forbidden West, the platform holder will allow you to play for five hours before asking you to cough up.
Now just to get the small-print out of the way first – because someone in the comments will inevitably bring it up – your game time only counts while you’re actually playing, so you get a full five hours of playtime. You can spread this over as many different sessions as you like, too – and your Trophies and save data will, of course, carry across to the full product should you decide to purchase it. So everything’s being handled as it should.
You can find a full list of available Game Trials in our All PS Plus Games guide. One thing worth noting is that most of the tasters only last for two hours, although Cyberpunk 2077 also gives you access to five hours like Horizon Forbidden West. This is a good thing in our opinion, because both of these games are RPGs that demand a little more time to sink their hooks into you.
Look, no one’s going to subscribe to PS Plus Premium purely for the Game Trials, but as an added perk for members – hey, if Sony keeps the selection fresh, then they're a welcome addition.