With traditional trade shows like E3 and Gamescom canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft plans to bring some of the showroom experience to its living room. Microsoft will make dozens of demos for upcoming Xbox One games available to download for a week.
In a blog post, Glenn Gregory of Microsoft cautions that demos will not always be representative of the final product, as many of the games are far from launch. That’s standard practice for showroom demos, of course, but it’s unusual for a major gaming platform to make such unfinished games available to such a wide audience.
Gregory says it should include “between 75 and 100 when the dust settles.” They confirmed titles include Cris Tales, The Vale: Shadow of the Crown, Destroy All Humans!, Raji: An Ancient Epic, Haven, Hellpoint, Skatebird and Welcome to Elk. There will be more than 60 demos available, and while the list is still not yet finalized.
Microsoft’s Summer Game Fest demo event will be available for access July 21-27 on Xbox One consoles. The company plans to showcase next-generation Xbox Series X games at a separate event this month.