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Select PSN users stumble upon digital game rental options
Select PSN users stumble upon digital game rental options
March 14, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

March 14, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
More: Console/PC, Design

Screenshots depicting non-functional 1-day and 7-day rental options for select games on PlayStation Network are circulating online today in the wake of Sony's most recent weekly PlayStation Store update, which was delayed due to technical issues.

Images posted to NeoGAF and Twitter suggest that some PSN users were presented with novel checkout options for the digital version of Atlus' PS3 game Catherine -- instead of a "Buy" button, they were able to select "Choose a Version" and open a menu that allowed them to choose between paying for the full version or "renting" the game for free, for either one day or a full week. However, the rental options were reportedly non-functional.

This isn't too surprising, given that Sony announced earlier this year that digital game rentals would be a part of its upcoming PlayStation Now service. The service has been in closed beta testing for some time now.

Gamasutra has reached out to Sony representatives for verification and further comment on these images.

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Luis Guimaraes
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Am I the only one who likes where it's heading?

Cordero W
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You are the only one. All I see is the return of coin-op strategies.

John Ingato
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This is a fantastic idea...or at least has potential to be. It all depends on how they price it. There are so many games I buy, play through, and never play again. Eventually I turn them into gamestop but by then they are worth barley anything. I would rather pay $30 for 2 weeks with a console title than $60 to beat it in 2 weeks and never play it again.

I think this would also produce more gamers paying this way rather than buying used games which can potentially put more money in developers pockets.

Sean Givan
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9.3 GB? That's one day right there.