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Xbox One adds trial game downloads

Pay-to-unlock demos not just for 360 any more

Xbox One now supports trial game downloads, letting players try a limited portion of a game then pay to unlock the rest.

ID@Xbox director Chris Charla told Eurogamer that the system's online store previously supported demos and full games. It didn't support trial downloads, which bridge the gap on Xbox 360 by letting players skip downloading the game all over again if they decide to purchase the title.


"But now we do," Charla said. "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."

Charla added that Microsoft is considering adding new filtering options to the Xbox One store to make it easier to find ID@Xbox titles. Games will remain unsegregated based on their developers or budgets, but the company may add more ways on top of the standard experience to find them.

"We have had a lot of player requests for some way to specifically find the ID@Xbox games, so we have talked about adding some functionality so that people can do a search for just the ID@Xbox games," Charla said.

On Wednesday an Xbox executive reportedly said that Microsoft had dropped plans to let Xbox One systems double as dev kits - as part of a plan to promote wider development for the system - though a Microsoft spokesperson later said the comments "were inaccurate."