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Xbox Game Pass to get demos of upcoming games as part of Microsoft’s Moorcroft project

Xbox Game Pass to get demos of upcoming games as part of Microsoft’s Moorcroft project

Xbox Game Pass to get demos of upcoming games as part of Microsoft's Moorcroft project

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Xbox Game Pass members will soon be able to enjoy demos of upcoming games, in what the Microsoft-owned gaming giant is calling Project Moorcroft. This is the first time we have heard of the existence of this program on Xbox. No games have been named yet. The Moorcroft project will begin rolling out “within the next year,” the Xbox team said. Initially, it will focus on indie developers, aiming to provide them “more opportunities to get data and build excitement for their games”.

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Microsoft also noted that developers will be “paid” for these demos, and they will be able to see how their demos perform on Xbox Game Pass. That last bit looks like Microsoft’s attempt to preempt criticism that Xbox Game Pass isn’t making money for anyone, including developers. (It’s still a great deal for Xbox and PC gamers, though, helping them save some cash depending on how they approach the service.)

While Microsoft is the first to publicly announce plans to bring demos to its gaming subscription service, it’s not the only one trying to do so. At the end of April, a report claimed that Sony had imposed two-hour trials for all upcoming games – which cost north of $34 (about 2,600 rupees) – to bolster its upgraded and revamped PlayStation Plus offering. But unlike Microsoft, Sony is reportedly offering “no additional benefits”, suggesting developers won’t be paid for demos.

“When we create different options for creators based on how they choose to monetize, we’re giving them more creative freedom at the same time. And we think we have a critical role to play in that, so the more we stimulate this innovation, the cooler and more innovative the games will be by leveraging this innovation,” said Sarah Bond, Xbox corporate vice president for game creator experience and ecosystem, in a prepared statement.

“We’re thinking about how we can invest to enable these game creators to be successful and it’s really about three things,” Bond added. “It’s about the gaming community, […] invest in development tools, [… and] business models and business model innovation – giving them multiple paths and options to succeed economically and financially.

Microsoft revealed Project Moorcroft on Wednesday in a blog post on Xbox Wire. The first Xbox Game Pass demos are expected “sometime next year”. Meanwhile, the new PS Plus has already started its global rollout and is coming on June 22 in India. But there’s no confirmation on PS Plus demos, let alone when the premieres are expected.


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