Making up for the PlayStation Network's rocky beginnings, Sony has updated the online service with an impressive five demos this week. If that weren't enough, two new downloadable games are also now available, as well as a host of game trailers, videos, and wallpaper packs.
Announced in May, Sony Online Entertainment's High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition deals out five types of poker on the PSN. The game features Texas hold'em, super hold'em, billabong, Tahoe, and Shanghai, and players can practice their bluffing solo or test their mettle online against five others. It will sell for $9.99. The demo is joined by a trailer for the game and a wallpaper pack.
Also added to the PSN this week is Q-Games' PixelJunk Racers. Players will be able to zip around 10 different tracks in microsized racer cars seen from a top-down perspective. Variety being the spice of life, the game will offer 32 different modes. The game is available for $6.99. For PlayStation 3 owners looking to be judicious with their monies, Sony has included a trial version of PixelJunk Racers and a wallpaper theme with this week's update.
Four other demos join PixelJunk Racers this week. EA is giving sports fans cause to wave their PS3 pendants with free trials of NHL 08 and FIFA 08 that are now available. Though the PS3 version of EA's Skate is still a few weeks off, Activision has performed a preemptive ollie to catch the eye of cash-flush skaters with a demo for Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Lastly, Sony has also pulled out of its hat a free trial of the critically panned Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Teasers and other media round out this week's PSN offerings. Trailers for Everyday Shooter, Warhawk, Juiced 2, and Soul Caliber IV are all now available, as is a wallpaper for Folklore and a free song from Lair.