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Xbox One briefly charges some gamers for free EA Sports demos

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People who tried to download the normally free demos of EA Sports UFC and FIFA 14 on Microsoft's Xbox One console got a rude awakening on Thursday and early Friday when they discovered that those demos had price tags.

The prices were first spotted by a member of the NeoGAF forums and extended to the US, UK and Australian markets for the Xbox One. The demos for the two EA Sports games generally had a price of about $4.99 each.

However, this was not some new sales scheme but an "error in the system", according to an EA spokesperson. There's no word on what caused the issue but the demos should both be reset to their free prices on the Xbox One store by now. There's no word on if any actually purchased these demos during the error period but if that happened we would assume they will see their charges refunded.

Source: NeoGAF; Polygon

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Xbox One briefly charges some gamers for free EA Sports demos

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It was an error, but maybe just for now. erhaps EA's planning something, and it got let out early? I have so little faith in EA as a company that I'm not convinced that they are planning that for the future.

I remember in the midst (or maybe early rumblings) of the Xbox One requirements, someone in an article somewhere pretty much called out demos for being bad for gaming and hoped to either do away with them or monetize them. I don't remember the exact wording. But I get the sentiment that creating some kind of barrier for demos (whether its charging for them or not releasing any) is something publishers are probably seriously discussing.

EA, Bethesda, Activision A.O talked about how demos will die for this Gen and the future. And see early acces and more beta's as the new big thing for gamers. This counts for PS4 too. Giving gamers more playtime in the game instead of releasing a maybe good short demo that might ruin the game experience. Paying for demos is an maybe upcoming project, but I think early acces will be the thing we will see allot more.

I typically don't buy a game unless there is a demo. Not for all games, but there are MANY I would not have purchased if not for the demo.

So what you're saying is that the money hungry bastards made a mistake and charged people $4.99 for a demo of a good selling game? Yea, it was truly a mistake.

Why wouldn't they? Gamers bitch about $60 games, incomplete games at $60 that want you to buy $60 more in DLC to complete the game and a host of other things and will turn around and support those games/publishers anyway. Why wouldn't a publisher then think they could bamboozle those same gamers with demos with a small fee?

the title made it sound like if it was charged after they acquired the demo... it's not like people have to buy them, I mean if you see a price tag... why would you buy it? it's obvious there is a mistake...
but honestly they are demos, and crappy ones. FIFA's are always the same boring crap and it's so easy to score goals with no effort, and UFC while nice... it's also the same, because that's how sports games work, they don't really change much especially in recent years.
maybe it's a way of saying "don't be cheap and buy the game, you already know what it is about anyway" ha!

BTW this was occurring on other platforms as well so nothing to do with xbox

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Or EA was trying to sample what's the market for Demos with price and how many are willing to pay if a price is put on these demos.