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Xbox Game Pass to add game demos this year

Microsoft has detailed its further ambitions for the future of its Xbox Game Pass service, as well as taking another significant step into getting its library into the hands of players without a console.

The company said it plans to introduce a new function later this year that allows Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to play selected titles they already own via cloud streaming — even if they are not part of the Game Pass library.

Microsoft also teased what it refers to as Project Moorcraft: a collection of demos for upcoming games that will be exclusive to Xbox Game Pass members.

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Microsoft plans to roll out its own demo program later this year, starting with a focus on titles from independent developers.

Participating studios will be able to “see how their demos perform, and be compensated.”

Microsoft has also teamed up with Samsung to bring the Xbox App to the latter’s 2022 smart TVs. This will enable Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to play titles via the cloud, while non-subscribers can use it to play Epic Games’ Fortnite.

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