Xbox is Adding Up to 100 Demos for Summer Game Fest

Believe it or not, something good came from the cancellation of the major video game trade shows across the country due to the spread of the Coronavirus: the games are coming to our Xbox One consoles.

Glenn Gregory, Xbox’s senior product marketing manager, said in Xbox Wire, “As I mentioned, we’ll have a lot of games – somewhere between 75 and 100 when the dust settles.”

Gregory explained that these won’t all be typical demos.

Typically, the demos you see in our Demo channel are created after the game is completed (or nearly completed) and represent the final version. Many of these demos are early, and some are for games that won’t be out for quite some time. We’ve never done this before; what that means is that you’ll get to experience these games early – some way early – which is awesome, but you should also note that these games will continue to evolve and be polished as they near release. In other words, think of these as akin to “show floor demos” and not necessarily indicative of the final product. And speaking as somebody who has worked in the industry for a while – that’s not a bad thing! In fact, being able to check out games early and then see how they evolve is freakin’ awesome!
The event will take place Tuesday, July 21 and end on Monday, July 27. There is no word on whether Microsoft’s Flight Simulator will be one of those available demos, but we hope so. According to, “Summer Game Fest is a season of digital video game events from publishers, select playable content, in-game events, and more to be announced.”