Xbox One can now support unlocking of full games from free demos

Microsoft has quietly added a way for Xbox One game developers to add unlocking the full version of their games after owners of the console download and play a free trial version, which is something that the Xbox 360 has supported since its launch nearly nine years ago.

Microsoft's ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla revealed to Eurogamer that the free trial option is now available for Xbox One developers. He stated:

In the same way that we update the Xbox One OS every month, they update the development system every month - or regularly, anyway. So that's something that we recently turned on. I don't think we've seen any ID@Xbox games yet that have shipped with trials, but we may well in the future. It's something that's open to everybody.

This will likely be a huge boost for smaller Xbox One game developers, and should allow for more downloads and purchases of ID@Xbox games. Speaking of which, Charla said that there are currently "hundreds" of those games in development, and while many will be released this year, there are a number that will be launched in 2015 and even into 2016.

What do you think of this latest behind-the-scenes update for the Xbox One?

Source: Eurogamer

John Callaham