Xbox One Early Access Programme Announced at E3 2015, Launches Today

Play a trial of Elite: Dangerous and The Long Dark today, and then decide if you want to buy it,


Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Preview, a programme that will allow users to trial and buy games that are still in-development.

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Xbox Game Preview functions very much like the Steam Early Access programme, but instead of buying an unfinished product up-front, Xbox One owners will be able to play a trial, then decide if they want to commit.

ID@Xbox's Chris Charla said "every game has a free trial," which means players can "make an educated decision" on whether they want to buy it in an early stage or wait for the finish product.

A select number of games will join the program over the next year, with titles including Shelter and DayZ on the way.

However, Xbox Game Preview launches today with Hinterland's The Long Dark and Elite: Dangerous will be available to trial and purchase today.

This announcement was made at Microsoft's E3 press conference, where, the company also confirmed backwards Xbox 360 compatibility for box One.

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