Xbox One – Microsoft will not require third-party digital games to have demos

Tuesday, 3rd September 2013 19:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft’s Marc Whitten has said publishers won’t be required to release trial versions of Xbox One games as is currently the case on Xbox Live Arcade.

Speaking in an AMA over on IGN, Whitten said the firm is still going to look at easy ways to find new games on the Xbox Games Store.

“Not all games will have demos like Xbox Live Arcade games have had on Xbox 360,” Whitten stated. “That said, we are going to work on lots of ways to make it easy for you to find and try new games on the service.”

Xbox One is out in November.

Thanks, OXM.



  1. ddtd

    Kind of sucks for the consumer, but I guess having demos was a pain for small developers as well, since it was more work.

    MS should look into doing a times trail thing like what Sony offers on PS+. It is a good way to demo stuff and its no work for the devs since the trial is attached to the license, not coded into the game.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ScouseSte

    no try before I buy, NO BUY.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Arcnail

    This just gives the CHOICE to the developer for trial or not. I’m sure it’s extra work to create a trial.. and now MS isn’t forcing you.

    I don’t see this as a big deal really.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. cluggy89

    @1 you mean like if you download the trial, all you have to do is pay for it and the full game unlocks without having to download more of the game? so what MS have done for yeeeeeaaaaaars on XBLA?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    I don’t know this was mandatory on 360?

    Was here a Bioshock Infinate and Tombraider demo? Diablo 3?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. cluggy89

    wasnt the case for normal games but for XBLA games just like what stephany wrote “is currently the case on Xbox Live Arcade”.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. gamereck36

    That Sucks…….

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet


    You expect me to READ everything before I hastily comment?! ;)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. cluggy89

    @8 XD

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    @3 On PS4, through Gaikai, they won’t HAVE to create a seperate demo. What a miss, here, by Microsoft. Their cloud’s a clod!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. pcbros

    Just watch a video review and boom!… your demo.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. bradk825

    I hope that although they are not “required” to have a demo version, that most choose to anyway. Demo versions on the dashboard are good for everyone. They prevent us from buying games we don’t enjoy and end up being “unhappy customers” of, and they boost sales for devs.

    There are plenty of good games out there that are not everyone’s cup of tea. If you buy a game for 60 bucks and hate it, that’s not good for you, or the dev, who now can’t sell you their next game because you think they suck now.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Playmaker

    Gaykai isnt doing it for me. Let europe wait.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. melonbuster1

    Don’t care really

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Major Mayhem 70

    Most developers will include a demo cause what better way to advertise your “masterpiece” and increase its consumers buying it. Suck up the extra work for the demo if you truly believe in your product. As Kevin Hart says “Everybody wants to be famous, nobody wants to put the work in”…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. ddtd

    @4 Not the same thing. The trials for XBLA games was coded into the game. PS+ links the trial to the license, and can be added to any game; indie titles, or AAA games.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. cluggy89

    @16 aaaah i get what you mean. same idea different way of doing it (at consumer level at least)

    #17 1 year ago

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