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You can now try and unlock game demos on Xbox One

Saturday, 12th July 2014 20:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has added the ability to download a demo and unlock the full version of the game via Xbox One.

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Like it’s older sibling, Xbox 360, the new kid on the block now allows users to download an Xbox Live Arcade title as a free demo and then pay to unlock the full version – all with out having to downloading the game again.

“When Xbox One launched you could do game demos and you could do games. But we didn’t have the functionality that was on Xbox 360 – that ‘trial’ experience where you could download a demo and then convert it [to a full version],” Microsoft’s ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla told Eurogamer.

“But now we do. In the same way that we update the Xbox One OS every month, they update the development system every month – or regularly, anyway. So that’s something that we recently turned on. I don’t think we’ve seen any ID@Xbox games yet that have shipped with trials, but we may well in the future. It’s something that’s open to everybody.”

Along with this announcement comes news that better visibility for ID@Xbox releases is in the works, and more games are coming.

“There are literally hundreds of ID@Xbox games in development right now,” said Charla. “Many will be out this year, but still more have been locked in for release further in the future.

“There a lot in development for 2015, and some for 2016, too.”

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6 Comments

  1. Moonwalker1982

    Does this mean arcade games now all have demos too? Cause i loved on 360 how i could always download a trial first and see what it was about. From what i understand the XBLA games on X1 barely offer trial versions?

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Henry

    “they update the development system every month – or regularly, anyway. So that’s something that we recently turned on. I don’t think we’ve seen any ID@Xbox games yet that have shipped with trials, but we may well in the future. It’s something that’s open to everybody.”

    Does that mean,
    1. existing games will still have no demo, unless developers explicitly add it back.
    2. it’s not a mandatory requirement like it is for 360 XBLA. On ONE, Developer determines whether or not their games have demo.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. salarta

    Misleading article title is misleading. Makes it look like you’re saying Microsoft has set it up where you would have to do certain things on the console in order to unlock the ability to play a game demo.

    That’s a pretty good feature. I don’t recall if Sony was able to do that already or not, but I can definitely say that Sony had games where you could unlock content in the full release game if you had demo save data on your system.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. AMIT800

    We have it since PS3 lol

    #4 6 months ago
  5. dkpunk

    Well somewhat good news. At least for arcade games we should now see more demos. It was a major step back not requiring demos on all xbox games like the 360. Now let’s see if sony can finally follow suit. Both next gens demo selection is almost non-existent.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. dkpunk

    Oh and don’t get me started on ps3′s “demos”.

    #6 6 months ago

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