Microsoft might be gearing up to announce Xbox Game Demos, possibly to compete with the previously announced PlayStation Plus trials. Sources close to Exputer have stated that Microsoft will apparently make this announcement on 9 June, hours before Summer Game Fest.
Exputer recently reported that Microsoft will unveil Xbox Game Demos on 9 June, though the details are scarce. This will seemingly be an answer to PlayStation Plus game trials, which will allow players to try out a game for a limited time before making the decision to purchase it. The feature will apparently come to Xbox Game Pass within the next year with the focus on helping independent studios around the world.
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PlayStation revealed earlier this year that it would be introducing game trials to the revamped PlayStation Plus, a feature that will essentially give players the opportunity to try out “demos” before buying a game. However, these trials will be time-limited, with the playable time on each game varying.
Xbox has yet to make any official announcement on this matter, so take it with a grain of salt for now. The idea of demos returning to consoles is certainly a breath of fresh air as the feature was almost forgotten during the last generation, with only a few games delivering smaller curated demos.
It’s unknown how Xbox will handle these demos. PlayStation’s time-limited trials ensures that players will only get a certain amount of time to test out the game, but a clever counter-measure from Xbox could be to allow the demos to be played many times without a time gate.
Meanwhile, the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase is set to take place on 12 June at 7PM SAST, where the gaming giant will likely show a fair bit of gameplay for several of its upcoming titles currently in the works at its assortment of first-party studios.