Finally, it seems that Microsoft has made up its mind to introduce shareware system for its Xbox One console. According to a recent report published by Redditors, the software giant will be launching shareware system on its popular gaming console Xbox One. The shareware system will enable users to play a new game without any restrictions for a 24-hour time-frame. Users need not purchase the game to play it through the shareware system.
Is Shareware system better than the current trials?
Most of the Xbox users think that shareware is better than usual trial versions. In usual trial versions, a user is not allowed to try out the game fully. There are many restrictions, for instance, in a trial version; the gamer is not allowed to go to the next stages after completing the first few stages. He will be prompted to purchase the full version to go to the next stages. Conversely, in shareware, the gamer is allowed to test the game completely. He is free to explore every feature in the game without any issues. The only difference here is that he can’t play the game after the 24-hour time frame.
Microsoft experimenting with shareware for the second time
According to Microsoft help line, it is not the first time that the tech giant is experimenting with shareware system. Shareware was prominent in the early stages of the tech giant’s flagship Microsoft MS-DOS for Pokemon game rom. It used shareware when the first version of Windows was introduced.
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Shareware systems today
Microsoft help line reports that it was one of the first software developers to try shareware system although it didn’t continue with it for long. It was Android and iOS that reintroduced shareware system in recent times. Currently, shareware system is observed with most of the mobile platform providers. The SDK feature that is present with smartphone platforms is a tweaked form of shareware. Through SDK, game makers offer their games to smartphone platforms for a limited period.
According to studies, shareware is more appealing to the users than the normal trials. While playing the trail version of a game, a user gets to see only a few features. On the other hand, in shareware, the user is allowed to unlock all stages and try out the game fully.