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Prey demo now available on PS4 and Xbox One, but not PC (update)

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Don’t let the aliens escape

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The first hour of Prey, Arkane Studios’ reboot of the 2006 first-person shooter of the same name, is now available in a free demo on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Known as “Prey Demo: Opening Hour,” the download weighs in at 13.6 GB on PS4 and 13.1 GB on Xbox One.

You play as scientist Morgan Yu at Talos I, a research facility floating in space. (Prey allows the player to choose whether their Morgan is male or female, and this option is available in the demo.) It turns out that mysterious alien creatures are killing any humans on board the space station, and Morgan has to be the one to stop them from reaching Earth.

Prey is also coming to Windows PC, although the demo is not available on that platform. If you’re interested in the demo but don’t have access to a console, you can watch our own playthrough of the first hour below (or read our cautiously outlined impressions if you want to go into the game absolutely spoiler-free). There’s no word on why the demo is skipping PC or on whether your progress will carry over to the full game; we’ve asked Bethesda about that.

“There’s something intense and effective about that first hour that you’ll lose if you read too much about it,” we wrote in February. The choice is yours — you can always just wait one more week until Prey launches next Friday, May 5, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Update: We’ve confirmed that the demo allows you to play as a male or female Morgan, and we’ve edited the article to reflect this.

Update 2: A representative for Bethesda told Polygon that save files from the demo will not carry over to the full game. As for the lack of a PC version, the representative said, “We appreciate the enthusiasm in the PC community for Prey, and the interest in a PC demo. The team at Arkane has been fully focused on optimizing and finalizing the PC version of the game. We aim to deliver the best PC experience to our fans — and are hard at work to do just that.”