Microsoft testing "Free Play Day with Gold" on select Xbox One titles

Microsoft has begun testing a new feature called "Free Play Day with Gold" for Xbox One owners, which allows users to download and play games for a limited period, or 24 hours. The new option was first spotted over on Reddit by Xbox One console beta participants, who noticed that Max: The Curse of Brotherhood had been unlocked as a free download.

Microsoft has yet to officially confirm the Free Play Day feature and the Xbox Support Twitter account initially responded with surprise after being questioned about the feature...


...but later confirmed in a response: "It's something that we're currently looking into. Keep an eye on your Xbox One."

As it stands, and until we know more about it, the Free Play Day with Gold idea looks like it will be available in addition to the standard Games with Gold offering, which makes two Xbox One titles free to download each month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

Source & Image: Eurogamer.net

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I like this idea but does it give you the full features like achievements etc? or is it like a trial where all those features are locked even if i can play the game for 24 hours

Sounds good, I mean with the whole demo thing looking like it's going away for some reason then this could be another good perk for Gold members if they add newer titles to this list and not older ones like you often get with the GwG option. Heck I know a few things I'd be able to finish in 24hrs, like the so called SP for most of the big name FPS games out there.

George P said,
Sounds good, I mean with the whole demo thing looking like it's going away for some reason then this could be another good perk for Gold members if they add newer titles to this list and not older ones like you often get with the GwG option. Heck I know a few things I'd be able to finish in 24hrs, like the so called SP for most of the big name FPS games out there.

Personally, I hate that demos have been dying out, how else wouldn't I know I like if it don't play it? Demos aren't hard to make either, you just throw in a level you've already made.

Silver47 said,

Personally, I hate that demos have been dying out, how else wouldn't I know I like if it don't play it? Demos aren't hard to make either, you just throw in a level you've already made.

I agree, I don't think they're going to die out fully but we'll have to wait and see. Maybe with enough demand for demos they'll keep doing them. Or it could just be a clear business move, they see that people having the option to try a game may not like it and that's now a lost sale (you could also just go with reviews but those aren't the same), so they figure drop the demos and if they can hook you with the hype and the initial looks enough that you spend the money then they'll have succeeded.

Silver47 said,

Personally, I hate that demos have been dying out, how else wouldn't I know I like if it don't play it? Demos aren't hard to make either, you just throw in a level you've already made.

You're supposed to listen to what everyone on the internet is saying instead of trying it out for yourself.

I haven't played a demo in years. Last demo I recall playing was the Witcher. Didn't even think they still made demos for AAA games.

George P said,

I agree

+1. I've had to obtain refunds for some games because there's been no demo, and the game I've bought has either been terrible, buggy, or I've not enjoyed it. This could change it all. All games should use this 24hr free-play IMO, it seems a good idea :)

I think it is a really good idea. Why bother diverting resources to making a demo when you can just have a timed unlock. That way, it means you can just unlock the whole game without redownloading anything.

Granted this would only work in the walled-garden of the console world, would get hacked to pieces on PC.

When Sony announced PS4, they announced you would be able to trial ANY PS4 game. Hasn't happened so far, I presume it was going to be gaikai streaming or something. I hope that feature hasn't died a death and is still coming as they haven't mentioned it since their original reveal.

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