You Better Keep That Silent Hills Demo Installed – You Can’t Re-Download it [UPDATE]

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We’ve learned the P.T. Silent Hills demo has an end date. This appears to be only tied to our German fans, who required a Playstation Plus users to download the demo. As with the entire ordeal, we’re not expecting to hear back from Konami – so make sure to play the demo (if you haven’t already) before it probably self-destructs.

For all other users – as long as the demo is on your Playstation 4’s harddrive, you’re good to go so long as you don’t replace the HDD or uninstall the demo.


Following the announcement they would remove the P.T. (Silent Hills) demo from the Playstation Store on April 29th, Konami shocked the world in announcing they cancelled the game entirely.

Fans scrambled to get the demo on their harddrives, so that they might have a piece of gaming history – a reminder of what could have been.

Sadly, if you switched to a new Playstation 4, deleted the P.T. demo, or just wasn’t quick enough to download the demo – you’re out of luck, as the demo is no longer downloadable.

We have confirmation the demo is no longer downloadable, even if you had it redeemed or downloaded before. Let this be a reminder that in our increasingly digital age, sometimes you don’t fully own something, even if it was just a demo.

Do you still have Silent Hills on your harddrive? If so, are you going to keep it installed? Considering selling your PS4 on Ebay?

[Editor’s Note: It appears that our European and Japanese fans might still have access to the P.T. demo, but we’re not sure for how long.]



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  1. Casey
    May 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    lookit konami here taking a page out of capcoms playbook. If fans enjoy something, DELETE EVERYTHING!

  2. Wonderkarp
    May 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Damnit. Now i can never upgrade my HD because I’ll lose the Demo.

  3. Turt
    May 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Like pouring salt on an open wound.

  4. OverlordZetta
    May 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    What, seriously? What happened to the old “if you purchase it, even if it’s removed from the store, it’s yours” crap then?

    I didn’t completely believe it but it being confirmed BS like this is just fantastic.

  5. Ippiki Okami
    Ippiki Okami
    May 5, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    P.T. will always be on my PS4 hardrive, A reminder of something that could be incredible and how a company screwed it up.

  6. Brad
    May 5, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Honsestly, they could have re-listed it not as a demo, but as a stand alone little EXPERIANCE. Call it the Silent Hills experience. I could argue that there is a 1$-5$ value in that demo by itself.

  7. Brad
    May 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I thought that was how it worked as well. Since everything else worked that way. Konimi delisted Ring of Red Digital But I can still DL it off my library purchase list. But not this?

  8. Dammage
    May 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Can I make a Euro PSN and still download it?

  9. Donaald
    May 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Then how come it’s still in my download list?

  10. ronin4life
    May 5, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This has always been the case: It is only through the ‘good graces’ of Publishers and/or the content provider that this content is re-downloadable. They can even *Delete content OFF YOUR HARD-DRIVE* if they wanted to.

    All 3 console makers reserve these rights in their EULA’s.

  11. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    May 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Even if it is, you can’t download it anymore in the USA. EU and JP are ok for now, it seems

  12. Thanatos2k
    May 5, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Why would they block the download to people who already had it on their account? This MUST have been manually requested by Konami, because that’s not how it normally works on the PS Store.

    Which is doubly pathetic, since it means Konami is just being spiteful now. What a fucking joke of a company.

  13. Mr0303
    May 6, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Good thing I didn’t delete it.

    Digital is obviously the future. /s

  14. landlock
    May 6, 2015 at 2:32 am

    You didnt’ buy this though it was a free demo.

  15. landlock
    May 6, 2015 at 2:35 am

    So I wonder what came first Silent Hills being cancelled or the Kojima hissy fit. Couldn’t it be SH was cancelled that coursed the whole thing in the first place?

  16. Zombie_Barioth
    May 6, 2015 at 6:48 am

    What they CAN do and what they realistically can do aren’t the same thing though. That sort of thing is usually just to cover their own asses, acting on it would be a PR disaster, and they know it. They also know most people don’t even read EULAs.

    Unfortunately, the same applies to us as well. The EULA doesn’t necessarily hold up in court, but most people can’t afford to sue these companies either.

    Of course, Konami apparently don’t give a shit about any of that.

  17. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    May 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I don’t own a PS4, I “purchased” PT after hearing the news since I figured I’d be able to download it when I bought one.

    Frankly after this my desire to eventually get one has just dropped even harder. When this generation started I wasn’t expecting to spend my money on buying a proper PC for once and getting a Wii U, I really thought I’d own a PS4 or something. But it’s been like two years and fucking nothing has come out that I’d even be remotely interested in playing besides the thing I’d never get the option to play now.

  18. Anaesthetist
    May 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Just swap hard drives.

  19. Donaald
    May 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Damn! Thanks for the heads up, man.