At today’s Xbox Media Briefing, Microsoft unveiled a program similar to Steam’s Early Access. The Xbox Game Preview program rolls out today, and it allows console owners to try games before opening up their wallet.
Select Xbox One users can start seeing an invitation on their dashboard as early as today. The Xbox Game Preview program is by invitation only, but once a user is in, he or she can invite their friends to it. Once the console is registered, it can take up to 48 hours to download the latest Preview update. There’s also a special Xbox Game Preview Dashboard app that shows available games, and is the place to go to get the latest news as well as give feedback. There’s also a private Xbox Early Access forum where users can give feedback about the program and the software.
The first game available in the program is The Long Dark, an exploration-survival title in a frozen landscape (no zombies there). Selected users can try it out for free on their Xbox One consoles, but it’s also available on Steam as an Early Access title. Other than The Long Dark, Elite: Dangerous is also up. As announced during Microsoft’s E3 event, Day Z and Shelter are coming later.
Check out the FAQ posted on Microsoft’s website for some more details on the Xbox Game Preview program.