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[RUMOR] Microsoft To Announce Xbox Game Demos & More On June 9th

Draugoth

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Sources have said that Microsoft will be announcing several big announcements before Summer Game Fest on June 9th.

One of the bigger announcements is that Microsoft will be launching a new service to seemingly compete against PlayStation Plus' time-limited game trials that were announced earlier this year. The feature will be coming to Xbox Game Pass members within the next year and will begin with a focus on helping independent game developers across the globe. They'll be several smaller announcements too, including the expansion of cloud gaming to other countries to make the service more accessible. It's expected that the announcements will be made several hours prior to the Summer Game Fest show on June 9th.
 
That's cool, but in MS's case I see this benefiting 3P games not in GamePass more than their own games, so it's a bit limited in that respect. Reason being, if you're getting all their 1P games Day 1 in the service anyway as well as quite a few 3P indie and AA games, why would you need to demo them? You could just download or stream the full game and decide if you want to sink more time into it or not.

I guess what I'm trying to say is it seems a bit redundant for MS to be doing this considering their angle for GamePass, as well as having EA Play in there and potentially Ubisoft+ as well. Unless....certain things are changing with that current GamePass approach 🤔....
 

Kagey K

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I don't understand why, especially if MS are compensating them, just put the full game on instead or invest the money into a different game. Oh well as long as they aren't trying to charge us more for them, then I'll just ignore them. Whatever.
 

Chukhopops

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If you think this is a copy of Sony’s demopass you haven’t read the article. It specifically says it would be helping independent game developers and be based on voluntary enrollment. Two big differences.

How will devs be compensated for the demos then? Sounds very bad for them, all that time setting up the demos and MS just gives it away for free?
It’s literally written in the article that devs would be compensated for the demos.
 

adamsapple

Or is it just one of Phil's balls in my throat?
How will devs be compensated for the demos then? Sounds very bad for them, all that time setting up the demos and MS just gives it away for free?

You should really read the article before blasting off

Developers that choose to enroll in the project will not only get the necessary data needed for game development, but Microsoft will reportedly also be compensating developers for participating (exact details not disclosed).

I don't understand why, especially if MS are compensating them, just put the full game on instead or invest the money into a different game. Oh well as long as they aren't trying to charge us more for them, then I'll just ignore them. Whatever.

Yeah, if this is strictly demos for game pass subscribers for games that will already be going to game pass .. this is entirely pointless.

Unless there's more about this that we don't know yet, like this being accessible to all Xbox live/gold subscribers regardless of GP subscription.
 
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DeepEnigma

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How will devs be compensated for the demos then? Sounds very bad for them, all that time setting up the demos and MS just gives it away for free?


you mean the demos that don't require any sort of membership? reading comprehension for the win!
People just looking to console war without even knowing what they are going to war over, makes them look pretty ignorant honestly
But we can read...
The feature will be coming to Xbox Game Pass members within the next year and will begin with a focus on helping independent game developers across the globe.

Either way, it's a good thing no matter who does it. We used to all cry for demos years and years ago.
 
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What's the benefit of demos if Game Pass is all about access to full games?

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Nvm this Xbox game demos.
Not game pass demos
 
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If you think this is a copy of Sony’s demopass you haven’t read the article. It specifically says it would be helping independent game developers and be based on voluntary enrollment. Two big differences.

When you put it that way, this might also be MS's way of addressing a criticism or concern they've gotten from several devs behind-the-scenes, that they feel their games won't be viable on Xbox if they aren't a part of GamePass. So if these demos are available outside of a GamePass subscription, and for other devices besides just Xbox, I guess this could be their way of abating those concerns.

Though again, the tweet and article in the OP clearly make this about GamePass demos, which would be redundant if it's a feature tied mainly or only to GamePass since the point of that service is you get full games to download or stream as part of the sub, including new Day 1 indies and 1P games. I don't see the hype behind introducing this feature to GamePass specifically unless MS plan to do more Early Access stuff like they did with Forza Horizon 5.

And if they do that, then they might be redefining what "Day 1 on GamePass" actually entails so there's a brief window where the game's available for purchase but not in GamePass, like how these movie studios are doing 30-day/45-day theater windows before bringing new blockbuster releases to their streaming services.
 

MarkMe2525

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It's weird that a demo is becoming a product in itself. They whole idea is to invest time and resources to potentially sell more units of software by allowing a taste of the experience.
 

DeepEnigma

Gold Member
We don't know the developer opt in or opt out.

The only way you can opt out as a dev on the Sony platform is to reduce the price of the game.
Nah, not at all. The service launched already in Asia and it proved that bit of info being BS.

Since all those $42 (wholesale) games on up do not have trials. It is who decides to do it on their own accord.
 
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reksveks

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Nah, not at all. The service launched already and it proved that bit of info being BS.

Since all those $42 (wholesale) games on up do not have trials. It is who decides to do it on their own accord.
Technically I think the story says they have like 90 days to implement a demo.

I would hold fire but it might be BS
 

Chukhopops

Member
What is going on here? Whos is right? Please sort this out among yourselves.
How do we contradict each other and how about you read the article which explains how it works.

My understanding is MS pushing independent development by allowing demos of games they already are bankrolling for GP, like Tunic or Weird West or others. On top of paying for the development and putting the game on GP they would implement a demo for everyone else (or Gold subs maybe idk).
 

StreetsofBeige

Gold Member
Better than nothing I guess.

Pretty dumb we all had tons of demos during the 360/PS3 era (even for indie games), and literally probably 95% of demos disappeared recent gens.

And now it’s baked into GP and PS Premium.
 
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Black_Stride

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In addition to this announcement, Microsoft will also be announcing an extension to their Samsung partnership, which will allow people to stream Xbox games on their Samsung Smart TV’s without a console via Cloud Gaming.

They’ll be several smaller announcements too, including the expansion of cloud gaming to other countries to make the service more accessible.
 
How do we contradict each other and how about you read the article which explains how it works.

My understanding is MS pushing independent development by allowing demos of games they already are bankrolling for GP, like Tunic or Weird West or others. On top of paying for the development and putting the game on GP they would implement a demo for everyone else (or Gold subs maybe idk).
That actually makes no sense, they were not allowed to make demos before? What a weird policy to have.
 
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RobertsK

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Xbox have been doing these indie game demo events for a few years now. Most of the games were shit, but there were always 5-10 games to look forward to. For example, we got to play Tunic months and months before the release.

I assume this is no different, right?
 
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