Xbox revealed today that the company will be holding a special demo event in conjunction with Summer Game Fest. Running from July 21st until July 27th, the company will be showing over 60 game demos on their platform for you to try out. This is basically the Summer Game Fest way of trying to replicate the experience people might have at conventions like E3, PAX West, or Gamescom where they can play a demo of a game and then move onto the next one at the same booth. You can read a snippet of the details below about how the demo system will work.
- These are not normal "game demos." Typically, the demos you see in our Demo channel are created after the game is completed (or nearly completed) and represent the final version. Many of these demos are early, and some are for games that won't be out for quite some time. We've never done this before; what that means is that you'll get to experience these games early – some way early – which is awesome, but you should also note that these games will continue to evolve and be polished as they near release. In other words, think of these as akin to "show floor demos" and not necessarily indicative of the final product. And speaking as somebody who has worked in the industry for a while – that's not a bad thing! In fact, being able to check out games early and then see how they evolve is freakin' awesome!
- These demos will only be up on the Xbox Dashboard for a week. Some might be re-published to the Demo channel later, but many will simply evaporate at the end of the week, so make sure to check them out while you can.
- The developers would love to hear what you think. Hit them up on social media or through their websites. If you like the game – tell them! If you have constructive criticism, they would love to hear that too.