Microsoft presented a "What''s Next For Gaming" blog post on Thursday, highlighting what Xbox have been brewing. Project Moorcroft, a project aiming to provide targeted demos to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The move sounds like Sony''s desire to schedule games over $35 for PS Plus Premium members.
Moorcroft is concentrating more on getting indie developers noticed, even though they are so far as compensating them for creating demos of their games to host on Game Pass. It also allows studios to see how well their titles are received, and collect feedback from players as they polish games for release.
Sarah Bond, Microsoft''s head of Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem, told gaming outlet Stevivor that Project Moorhead wants to recreate the hands-on feel that has been missing for the last couple of years owing to the lack of an E3 in-person experience (above).
"Why don''t we make Game Pass such as the show floor?" Bond said. "Why don''t we make it possible for a developer to take a piece, a level of their game, release it into Game Pass, promote excitement for what''s coming, and also get that helpful feedback as they''re tuning and preparing their game for launch?"
Microsoft didn''t have a solid timetable for when Game Pass would begin posting these demos. However, it did mention Project Moorcroft in the same breath as another new bug that has been introduced to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
Xbox will begin allowing Ultimate members to play "select" games they have purchased outside their Game Pass library starting later this year. While playing from the cloud is certainly not superior to playing installed titles, it also allows players to play their games from their mobile devices, PCs, or whenever they are absent from their console.