Xbox One will now allow developers to offer free trials of their games you can then buy and convert to full versions without additional downloads, Microsoft has said.
Xbox One offered full game downloads and demos since launch, but it didn’t support the game trials functionality available on Xbox 360.
“But now we do,” Microsoft’s director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla told Eurogamer in an interview. “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 also said that Microsoft is working on ways to make ID@Xbox games easier to discover. The company doesn’t want to segregate those indie developers from the rest of the store, but it is considering the option of allowing you to search for just ID@Xbox games.
Despite Xbox One’s controversial indie “launch parity” clause, ID@Xbox continues to grow in popularity, with more than 65 developers joining its ranks in February, and according to Charla, “literally hundreds” of ID@Xbox games currently in development.