Major Nelson: Xbox One Trials/Demos On “Things To Do” List; Promises More New and Old Features For Xbox One

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The Xbox 360 had a really nifty “trial” version of most of its Xbox Live games. This trial version allowed a limited playthrough of the game, and usually ended with an option to buy the full version, if we liked it. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson on Twitter and reddit, has assured that Microsoft is working hard to add many of the Xbox 360 features along with completely new ones on the Xbox One.

In a thread on reddit, which demanded more demos/trials for the Xbox One games available on the store, Major Nelson dropped the following response to the users.

You have to remember the Xbox 360 is a very mature platform that has been around for almost 10-years. In that time we added a TON of new features. Xbox One is a completely new architecture so we can’t just take work that was done on Xbox 360 and plop into the code base of Xbox One. Things don’t work that way. The team is working really hard to address this and we will continue to add more and more features to Xbox One – features you’ve seen on Xbox 360 and new ones that are only possible on Xbox One.

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He also confirmed that Trials/Demos are definitely on their “Things To Do” list, although there is no ETA on when it can be expected.

It’s on the “Things To Do” list. No ETA.

It is nice to know that Microsoft are looking into the feedback from users, and are implementing changes accordingly. I, for one, loved the trials for many of the Xbox Live games, as they allowed us to test the game properly before we took the plunge and brought them.

Do you want to see this feature make its return on the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below.

Khurram Imtiaz

A Geek and Gamer, who loves JRPGs and VITA. Follow him on Twitter and Google+

  • You are flat out wrong

    Larry Herb keeping Xbot peckers up.

  • MasterChief3624

    I’m pretty sure the original Xbox Live Arcade, back on the original Microsoft Xbox, offered demos… Demos have been offered on Xbox 360 for all XBLA games since the beginning, too. How hard is it to implement a demo system in this new generation when it worked perfectly well on the Xbox and Xbox 360?

    • multipleron

      There are demos ome the xbox:, fifa,nba, kinect sports etc.
      It is frustrating moving from the mature 360 to the 1 but the potential is huge bigger then the ps4s imo and Like major nelson said they are getting there

    • You are flat out wrong

      I remember reading that developers don’t like demos because games that have them sell fewer than games that don’t.

  • Krumb_

    Major Nelson is blowing smoke..lol! There is nothing “new” about demos. And putting a demo on the xbox one has nothing to do with the architecture. There is just a total lack of titles. I have owned my xbox one since launch and other than a couple hours of Titanfall, I haven’t seen a reason to turn it on. Just seems that everything it tries to do, I own another device that does it better. PC is a way better media device and my PS4 is way better for anything to do with gaming, esp. since everyone I know went with the Sony device this time. I loved my 360 but the One tries to do everything and does nothing really well.

    • pos4sux

      You don’t even own an Xbox, sonypony. The PoS4 has one game, a 30 fps sequel. They do have 1000 Google store rejects coming though. Also, if you have a PC its probably an 8 yr old pos. Why wouldn’t you have bought Titanfall on your “superior” PC? Why buy an Xbox? I wonder if you’re lying?

    • disqus_TCr2DiTW3m

      xbox has more and better games than the ps4 so idk how it lacks titles. i know you’ll bring up indies so ill just say it now, who really cares about indies? they’re fillers that are fun for an hr so i wouldnt really bring them up when you’re talking about how amazing your console is at gaming. ps4 literally only has one good game out right now, infamous, which is fun for about 10 hrs until you beat it. a lot of people didnt even enjoy the full first run through it either let alone replaying the same thing over and over.

      • Jake Maze

        PS4 is a pathetic console

        • Xtreme Derp

          PS4 has the superior version of all console AAA multiplats, more 1080p 60 fps games, The Order, Driveclub, MLB 14: The Show, Deep Down, Lily Bergamo, Uncharted 4, more 1st party games, more dev support including indies, and unannounced 1st party games (Gran Turismo, God of War, etc.) Titanfall 2 will almost certainly be on PS4.

          1080p 60 FPS games on PS4: MGS V, CoD Ghosts, FFXIV, Tomb Raider, MLB The Show 14, Resogun, Trials Fusion,

          • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

            ps4 still sucks

          • Landsharkk

            PS4 has ZERO first party games that run at 1080p and 60fps.

            Guess what, the Xbox One DOES!

    • Jake Maze

      FFS would you STFU you dam fool PS4 is a failure and 7 million global is a pathetic number where are your games or updates HUH ??? Oh wait enjoy those indies at 1080P 60fps but on your actual three crappy exclusives Uh Oh they arent’ 1080p sorry and don’t even run at 60FPS your a joke and so is Phonies bbahahahahahaha

      • Xtreme Derp

        PS4 has the superior version of all console AAA multiplats, more 1080p 60 fps games, The Order, Driveclub, MLB 14: The Show, Deep Down, Lily Bergamo, Uncharted 4, more 1st party games, more dev support including indies, and unannounced 1st party games (Gran Turismo, God of War, etc.) Titanfall 2 will almost certainly be on PS4.

        1080p 60 FPS games on PS4: MGS V, CoD Ghosts, FFXIV, Tomb Raider, MLB The Show 14, Resogun, Trials Fusion

        • Jesse Hollowell

          why do you copy and paste the same thing on all articles about xbox one?? you have a serious hard on for this system.

          say hi to your mom for me.

          • Xtreme Derp

            Easier than typing it out.

          • Jesse Hollowell

            Lol, you’re such a Sony fanboy douche with nothing better to do. I’m sorry your life sucks.

          • Xtreme Derp

            Factual PS4 Hardware Advantages: +6 CUs, +560 GFlops (44% greater), +16 ROPs, +6 ACEs/CQs, better GPGPU support, better performing CPU, and faster unified memory. PS4 OS may also have less overhead or reserves.

            Both Sony and MS have world class coders that will extract every bit of performance out of their consoles with their drivers/APIs/SDKs. The difference is PS4 simply has more powerful hardware to work with, so it will always stay ahead in graphics performance.

            The bottom line is even if Xbox had a far more powerful CPU and 10000GB of 10000 GB/s memory, it’s ability to render graphics is STILL limited by the weaker GPU. There’s no getting around the weaker GPU, there’s no free lunch.

            If they’re both running at the same resolution the Xbox version will have lower framerate and/or visual effects, or the PS4 hardware isn’t being pushed.

            PS4 will have better performing games for the entire generation as it has more powerful hardware, you can’t overcome a hardware gap with better drivers/SDKs. Any game running on Xbox One can be run with better framerate/resolution/visual effects on PS4.

            Xbox has memory size and bandwidth bottlenecks, weak GPU and GPGPU, only 16 ROPs, and OS virtualization overhead that all degrade gaming performance. Take your pick.

            PS4 has the superior version of all console AAA multiplats, The Order, Driveclub, MLB 14: The Show, Deep Down, Lily Bergamo, Uncharted 4, more 1st party devs, more dev support including indies, free to play games and MMOs like FFXIV, and unannounced 1st party games (Gran Turismo, God of War, etc.) Titanfall 2 will almost certainly be on PS4.

            Exclusively 1080p 60 FPS games on PS4: MGS V, CoD Ghosts, FFXIV, Tomb Raider, MLB The Show 14, Resogun, Trials Fusion

            Exclusively 1080p 60 FPS games on Xbox: Forza 5 (LOL)

            PS4 is currently outselling Xbox almost 2:1 globally, 7 million to ~4.2 million as of April 6 2014. The sales gap is growing wider despite price drops and free Titanfall bundles. PS4 is still very supply constrained in some non-US countries.

            MS shipped 5 million to stores, sold ~4.2 mil to consumers, with ~800k rotting on store shelves.

            Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier 2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing wider, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales.

            Xbox is not “doing well”. The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to lose even more money. It’s a business failure that MS shareholders increasingly want to get rid of.

          • Jesse Hollowell

            Why don’t you go play knack or some stupid indie game. I don’t give a crap about tier 2 markets. I know that I turn it on and play with it and it’s fun. You on the other hand are like some little kid that has a new you but is pissed that people still think he is a troll in spite of having said new toy. Just go play your game and stroke your touch pad and think about how awesome it will be when you have more than 1 cool game to play.

          • Xtreme Derp

            You seem angry that PS4 has more powerful hardware, more developer
            support, and is outselling Xbox by ~3 million. Hypocrite fanboy.,

          • Jesse Hollowell

            lol, you’re funny. I guess I am through because you are an idiot that has very little comprehension of the English language and apparently has a bunch of remarks copied and saved. enjoy your life with no friends and your computer in my bed buddies basement. I mean your mom’s. maybe when you grow up you can actually add something to a conversation other than the ps4 has more megateragigflops than the xbox and how anyone who responds to your incessant drivel is a “hypocrite fanboy” when you prove yourself to be nothing but a ps4 fanboy in all sense of the word. good day totem smoke.

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