If you own the Xbox 360 or PS3, you can get your hands on a demo of Destiny. If you own the Xbox One or the PS4, you can get your hands on a limited trial of Destiny. Both have been available since November 18th, presumably as Bungie's attempt to sway people back into their good graces following the release of big games like Assassin's Creed Unpatched and Far Cry 4: Social Justice Reshash.
CVG spotted the news over on the official Bungie website where the team rolled out the basic gist of the demo and timed trial. As noted by Bungie's Scott Lowe...
“If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Destiny, there’s no better time than now. Starting today, November 18, anyone can try out Destiny for free as part of a limited-time demo or trial for their current or last-gen console.”
The demo for the Xbox 360 and PS3 clocks in at 6GB... that's right, 6 massive gigabytes. That's about the average size of a full game. It's kind of amazing that the demo would be that huge. I think it's about 2GB short of Red Faction: Armageddon.
The limited trial for the Xbox One and PS4 clocks in at 20GB... that's right, 20 absolutely massive gigabytes. The reason that the Xbox One and PS4 timed trial is so gargantuan is because the trial can automatically enable you to unlock the full version of the game. That's sort of become the new trick these days for recently released games and I can't complain about it at all. Having the option of playing the game for a limited time with the option to buy the full thing is pretty neat. I would, personally, still prefer having the box and disc in my possession... it just feels safer.
Funnily enough, there's actually a console system requirement list in the FAQ that outlines which last-gen systems are incompatible with the Destiny demo. That's right, you'll still need to check the system requirement list... even for a console game. The following consoles are incompatible with the demo.
•Xbox 360 Arcade Console
•Xbox 360 4 GB Console
•Xbox 360 Core System
•PlayStation 3 12 GB System
I quickly (and briefly) scoured the FAQ for any mention as to whether or not the limited trial came with a time limit or was it region based or any of that, but unfortunately there were no details on the exact limitations of the trial for the Xbox One or PS4.
The site does mention that whatever progress you make with your character on the new-gen systems can carry over if you decide to unlock the full thing. So it's not all a bust. Last-gen gamers aren't so lucky, however.
If you play and complete the demo for the Xbox 360 or PS3, the data won't transfer over. Instead you'll have to buy the full thing from the digital storefront or from your local retailer.
Bungie's Destiny is available right now for the seventh and eighth-gen home consoles. The Iron Banner event is also currently underway.