Xbox Game Preview Feature Mimics Steam Early Access

Steam’s early access program has certainly had its ups and downs. Though many detest the feature, others appreciate getting a crack at a game while it’s still in development. While it may be controversial, the practice of early access has made its way to consoles in the forms of Microsoft’s just announced Game Preview feature.

Much like Steam, you’ll be able to buy and play games while still in development, their completeness (or lack thereof) your only hurdle to enjoyment.

The service will open with four games at the start, those being Elite Dangerous, Sheltered, Day Z and The Long Dark. Two of those games, The Long Dark and Elite Dangerous, will be available tonight through Xbox Live.

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Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    June 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Fuck early access.

  2. TheLastSandwichOnEarth
    June 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Day Z is still in development?

  3. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Fuck Microsoft

  4. Phelan
    June 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    They shouldn’t brag about bad things.

    Early Acess is a cancer of gaming. Unfinished games shouldn’t be released.