Do we need the Xbox One Game Preview Program?

Neil writes "It has been a long running joke among new generation console owners that us gamers who purchase day one edition games are basically beta testers. Games come delivered in either physical or digital packages, with bugs, with issues and with things that need fixing."

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oKidUKo1407d ago

I'm on the fence with this one, on one hand it's quite special to be a part of the developmental stages. On the other hand we are essentially paying to beta test..

Septic1407d ago

Hey Elite Dangerous is mine. I'm paying for that now!

But yeah youre right. It's a double edged sword.

Palitera1407d ago

A very dangerous double edged sword, as many games never see their final release state.

If the choice for the world was mine, I would say no to this feature. I can see it being over abused by companies.

Nirvana315911407d ago

Preview programs are pretty useless IMO. Microsoft should invest in real features like SharePlay and maybe Win 10 to Xbox streaming although I think that's highly unlikely

Anomander1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Elite Dangerous was a automatic purchase for me. I play the hell out of it on my PC. I knew it was coming to Xbox one, but did not realize it was part of the preview program. I was at work when I heard it was being released on the 15th so I got on my Xbox Smart Glass and just bought it from there and then only noticed it was part of the Preview program when I got home later that night. Cool that those that have not played it can give it a try. I found the game to be addicting as hell. Picked it up on Xbox One so that my son can play it on there and leave my PC account alone!

I'm just wishing I can use my Saitek X52 flight sticks with my X1 and play on my 60" screen :) Maybe after the Win 10 update it might be possible.

donthate1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

You are also supporting something you are a part of developing. I think on consoles it makes the most sense, because MS can curate the good intentioned developers instead of the riff raff.

I mean this is what a lot of gamers have been clamoring for that consoles open up and MS with Phil Spencer is opening it up like never before.

Xbox One Preview program, mods in games, cross platform online play, cross platform state saves and so on.

Pretty awesome if you ask me! :D

oKidUKo1407d ago

You make a good point to be fair. Like I say you can see both sides of the idea, it just depends whether a game that means something to you pops up.

Rocky51407d ago

Cannot agree more, it's a good time to own an Xbox One.

TheHaloGuy1407d ago

I was hoping when X1 was revealed that somehow mods would work on X1 and I could play Garry's Mod XD. Now we're getting Fallout 4 mods. O_O Awesome e3

iamnsuperman1407d ago

Depends how it is handle. For me Preview/Early access programs are as useful/good as F2P games. F2P games may be the bane of many gamers but if done right they can offer a full, long lasting, experience. But most F2P games are mismanaged which has led to this hatred for them. Same with Early Access. Early Access as a service is awful since it is full of exploits, rubbish all over the place, games dying out of the blue. But there is some good in there. Microsoft needs to be strict and manage it properly.

Timesplitter141407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Maybe they've built this entire program around the fact that they wanted to announce DayZ for X1.

But that free trial thing they added will definitely help making Early Access safer for consumers. Steam should do the same

gangsta_red1407d ago

Yea, I noticed that slipped by a lot of people. That DayZ is coming to the Xbox One.

Timesplitter141407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

honestly I'm not convinced this is a good idea. I can't imagine playing this with a controller. It just seems impossible. Not only are there too many different kinds of inputs in this game to fit on a controller, but also there's the fact that many gunfights take place at distances of over 500m from one another, and you need extreme precision to hit your target.

Plus, the performance is abysmal even on very high-end PCs. Not sure how they'll pull it off....

On the plus side, maybe it'll force the devs to finally fix this game. Last time I played, switching and using weapons didn't even work anymore. It's ridiculous

Eldyraen1407d ago

The fact they require a working demo will help--doesn't mean that demo will actually match expectations or the end product though but it is something.

I'm willing to give it a shot now and again if I think it's worthy and price is right.

Gunstar751407d ago

It's always better to have a choice than to not have it!

Why does everyone feel the need to analyse everything these companies decide to do???

If you don't like it - ignore it!!!

Timesplitter141407d ago

I think this program is a good thing but I truly cannot agree with "if you don't like it, ignore it". Criticizing things is not only allowed, but it's also IMPORTANT and necessary.

If you don't like it, get in the comments section and complain. This is my message to today's youth

Lennoxb631407d ago

But criticizing and complaining about something that is completely optional makes no sense. Its like the fanboys who frequent gaming sites to talk about a console they don't like. Ok fine, you don't like it? You are not forced to buy it.

Timesplitter141407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Early Access isn't totally harmless. It's making devs lazy. There's been a tremendous drop in games quality ever since this became a thing. Steam is literally flooded with "Open-world survival with crafting" games that will never ever reach version 1.0

We need to be careful about it. So far, the only game that handled EA well was Kerbal Space Program. KSP was fun, stable and coherent since day 1. They just kept adding features to it. This is what should be required from all EA titles

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