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Up to 100 games are getting free Xbox One demos

The Summer Games Fest Demo Event will bring more than 60 games to Xbox One later this month.

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The Summer Games Fest Demo Event will bring more than 60 games to Xbox One later this month.

The Summer Games Fest has, in some respects, been a bit of a snooze fest, but here’s a big announcement we can get behind. More than 60 games will get free playable demos on Xbox One between July 21 to July 27, 2020.

Similar to recent initiatives on Steam, the Summer Games Fest Demo Event will give every Xbox One owner the chance to experience some of the games we’d normally expect to play at the likes of E3, PAX, or The Mix. The demos will only be available for a week, so it might be an idea to clear some space in your diary now.

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It’s worth noting that these experiences will not be like the traditional game demos we often get on console. As the Xbox team notes in its announcement, they are very much work-in-progress titles, rather pre-launch promos.

For those interested in game development, it will be fascinating to play these games at such an early stage and see how they evolve into a finished product. We’re sure that polite, considered feedback will also be welcomed by the studios involved.

More than 60 games are included at launch, with around 75 and 100 expected to be available in total. Look out for the Summer Game Fest Demo tile on the Xbox One dashboard.

The full lineup has yet to be confirmed, but here’s a teaser of the games we can expect.

Xbox Summer Game Fest Titles

  • Cris Tales
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Haven
  • Hellpoint
  • Skatebird
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Welcome to Elk

That’s already an impressive selection of games. Bravo to Microsoft, Geoff Keighley, and the studios involved, for coming together and bring their games to the masses.


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