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Xbox One getting preview program (DayZ announced)

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During Microsoft's E3 2015 press conference, Chris Charla, head of the [email protected] program, announced a new initiative that will let players try new games earlier and help shape their development. Xbox Game Preview is designed to let players get early access to upcoming games and, through their feedback, shape how final versions will turn out.

By Charla's own admission, this service bears much in common with Steam's Early Access program on PC, however Xbox Game Preview has one important distinction: free demos. By offering a free demo for every Xbox Game Preview entry, Charla hopes this will empower users to make an "informed decision" about whether they want to dive into a game early, or wait for the final release.

The first round of Xbox Game Preview games, which will be rolled out over the next year, will include: Sheltered, Day Z, The Long Dark, and Elite: Dangerous. Those last two will be the first ones available on the service, starting today, so go check 'em out.
 

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Now THAT's how it's supposed to be done. I really liked the concept of Early Access, because it feels like a bond-filled journey between the players and the developers, and it's an excellent way to help shape a game that plays and delivers the things that everyone actually asks for, rather than the traditional method of having to guess and assume. But Steam badly ****ed it up by paywalling something like that, why should people have to pay MONEY to bug test a game... that's... that's utterly retarded.

So kudos to Microsoft and Phil Spencer for actually using some common sense here.
 

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I don't understand why there isn't a preview feature on Steam as its a fantasticly simple idea and I really like it. Also glad to see that DayZ, The Long Dark and Elite Dangerous will be among the first games available.
 
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