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Xbox One 24-hour game demo "posted in error"

Xbox One 24-hour game demo "posted in error"

Thu 21 Aug 2014 8:57pm GMT / 4:57pm EDT / 1:57pm PDT
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Microsoft may have accidentally leaked a new game demos plan in the US

Earlier today, a poster on Reddit discovered that Microsoft had potentially revealed a new program to enable Xbox Live Gold subscribers to demo whole games for a 24-hour period. Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood had been stamped with the label, "Free Play Day with Gold."

Microsoft, when reached for comment, told GamesIndustry.biz, however, "A promotional tile for 'Max: Curse of the Brotherhood' was posted briefly on the US dash in error yesterday. We apologize for any inconvenience. We're constantly exploring different ways to offer more benefits to our Xbox Live Gold members and will keep them updated when special offers become available."

Note that posting something in error doesn't mean it's not happening. It could simply be that Microsoft jumped the gun and revealed the promotional tile ahead of schedule. A "free play day" would certainly be an enticing program for Xbox Live Gold members and could give the paid subscription more value overall. Depending on the game, 24 hours is enough to make it through a large chunk or even complete a title. For now, though, Microsoft has yet to confirm anything officially.

2 Comments

MS1: "OK guys, so Playstation are going to let people lend their friends a game to play for free for a few hours, how can we counter that?"
MS2: "What about we give them a game to play for free for 24 hours. And they don't need a friend to offer it!"
MS1: "Great! knock up a visual, post it on Live 'in error' and then pull it down and we can see what people think before we do it because it's really important that we now base all our opinions on popular consumer opinions only."
MS2: "Oh, after that time we totally car crashed the console launch?"
MS1: "I have no idea what you are on about and you are now fired. MS3, please create the visual and post it. Meeting over."
- by fly on the wall.

edit: to be clear, I personally love the idea. But I also loved a bunch of the original XB1 launch ideas that got canned.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Benn Achilleas on 22nd August 2014 7:15pm

Posted:2 months ago

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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"OK guys, so Playstation are going to let people lend their friends a game to play for free for a few hours, how can we counter that?"
But I also loved a bunch of the original XB1 launch ideas that got canned.
That was one of the best(and some would argue only good) ideas from Microsoft's original XBO plans. It would have been really cool if I could let my best friend in Canada play my entire XBO game library without her having to shell out for titles she wasn't sure she'd like. But instead of that option ever coming to fruition(Microsoft execs have continually stated they'd like to bring it back but that it's probably not possible at this point in time) Sony now does something similiar and gets credit for another of Microsoft's ideas.

Ultimately I think it would be a good idea for all game consoles to eventuallly allow some kind of game sharing, even if it's just the multiplayer portion. Do I think this will ever happen? Probably not until consoles go fully digital. And if it did happen I think Nintendo would be the only one to not allow it due to them thinking that people need to be sitting on the couch next to each other in order to be able to play together. But we shall see.

Posted:2 months ago

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