Xbox Game Pass expands: demos arrive in 2023

Xbox Game Pass expands: demos arrive in 2023

Xbox Game Pass expands

Since its inception, Xbox Game Pass has undergone several changes. From the Ultimate tier, which allows players to use the service on both consoles and PCs, up to the arrival of the game in the cloud. The growth path of the service of the Redmond company has certainly not stopped and will continue in 2023, when the catalog of available games will be enriched with a new benefit for consumers, namely the demo versions of the games.

The feature (already anticipated in recent days through some rumors) was officially announced today. The demos on Xbox Game Pass are part of an initiative called Project Moorcroft and will arrive, in fact, in 2023. The new project will allow players to try a selection of games in the pipeline on Microsoft consoles (and PC), thanks to a series of trial versions. Unlike on PlayStation, demos will be available to all subscribers, regardless of their Microsoft service subscription tier.| ); }
Project Moorcroft is a step forward towards the growth of Xbox Game Pass, as well as the inclusion of the Xbox application on Samsung. Thanks to an exclusive partnership with the Korean manufacturer, Xbox Cloud games will also work on TVs and monitors. You can read more details on the agreement between Samsung and Microsoft by visiting this address. Continue to follow geekinco for all the news and announcements in the pipeline from the world of video games.

Xbox Game Pass Will Let You Cloud-Play Your Owned Games -- Sort Of

In a welcome move, Microsoft announced just prior to Summer Game Fest that later this year it will expand the Xbox Cloud Gaming perk of its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate -- heading toward its first anniversary in beta -- to encompass games you already own. But it's also just a small step that probably won't make a huge impact for a lot of folks initially because of its relatively limited scope.

Microsoft says that if you own a game 'that is cloud-enabled in the catalog,' Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to stream it. Currently, cloud-enabled games are a subset (albeit a sizable, 75% subset) of the full catalog. 

So really, it means that in the beginning, the feature will only be useful for games that have left the service and that you've bought from the Microsoft Store -- because the service doesn't support other game stores, like Steam, and only carries over progress and achievements for its own Store-bought games. Game churn on XGPU is pretty low, so either Microsoft expects it to increase or that the capability is purposefully limited.

It's similar to Nvidia's announcement last week that some GeForce Now games (starting with God of War) you've begun while they were supported by the service will remain available when the licensing term ends. (A nice step to mitigate the feeling that you're losing something when a game disappears.)

Additionally, the company offered details about Project Moorcroft, a program to expand the number and freshness of game demos on the service. In addition to the usual warm fuzzies, the company said it plans to compensate developers for the extra time and work it takes to create a decent demo. That extra, concrete incentive is ultimately good news for subscribers.