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How Long is an Xbox Game Trial?

The length of an Xbox game trial depends on the specific promotion or program. But you can generally play for a few hours up to a few weeks for free before deciding to purchase the full game.

Free Play Days

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members get access to Free Play Days. These are free trials for entire games that typically last 3-4 days.

Most Free Play Days run from Thursday morning through Sunday night each week. You can browse and download the games directly from the Xbox store.

Some of the most popular Free Play Days titles have included:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dying Light
  • Fallout 76
  • NBA 2K21
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Tom Clancy‘s Rainbow Six Siege

So with Free Play Days, you can play full versions of hot new releases all weekend long for free! It‘s a great way to try out Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S games before buying.

Limited Time Free Trials

When browsing the Xbox store, you‘ll often see "free trial" on new game releases. These are your standard limited-time demos.

Trial lengths can range from just 2 hours of playtime to up to 10 hours for larger RPGs and open world games. The trial gives you a nice chunk of the beginning of the game for free.

Some examples of popular games with limited time trials:

  • Halo Infinite – 6 hour trial
  • Forza Horizon 5 – 2 hour trial
  • Elden Ring – 6 hour trial
  • Cyberpunk 2077 – 5 hour trial
  • Dying Light 2 – 5 hour trial

The save data from these limited trials will carry over if you decide to purchase the full game later. So you can pick up right where you left off.

Xbox Game Pass

Now, let‘s talk Xbox Game Pass. This subscription service gives you unlimited access to over 100 full games for one monthly fee.

New members get their first month of Game Pass for just $1. After that, it‘s $9.99 per month for Game Pass on console or $14.99 per month for Game Pass Ultimate.

With Game Pass, you can download and play unlimited full versions of games like Halo, Forza, and Starfield the day they release.

Here are some key stats on the Xbox Game Pass library:

  • Over 100 high-quality games available
  • Adds an average of 10 new games per month
  • Includes new Xbox Game Studios titles on launch day
  • Games are a mix of AA, AAA blockbusters, and indie hits

And here are the steps to sign up for your first month of Xbox Game Pass for just $1:

  1. Go to the Xbox store and search for "Xbox Game Pass"
  2. Select the 1 month for $1 deal
  3. Enter payment details (credit card or PayPal)
  4. Browse the Game Pass catalog and download titles
  5. Cancel renewal if you don‘t wish to continue after the first month

So with Game Pass, you get a 1 month unlimited free Xbox game trial, then continue for $9.99/month afterwards if you like the service.

Game Pass Perks

As if all those games weren‘t enough, Xbox Game Pass members also get exclusive deals and perks.

For example, Game Pass members often get:

  • Free in-game content and add-ons
  • Partner offers like free Discord Nitro, Spotify Premium trials, and more
  • 50-75% off game purchases during the first 2 weeks after launch
  • Extended 1-2 hour free trials for non-Game Pass games

These bonus perks give you plenty of extras on top of the Game Pass catalog.

Game Streaming with Xbox Cloud Gaming

With an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, you also get access to Xbox Cloud Gaming. This allows you to stream Xbox games to phones, tablets, and browsers.

Cloud Gaming means you can play over 100 Xbox titles on-the-go without needing a console. Games stream directly from Microsoft‘s data centers.

So with Cloud Gaming, your Xbox game trial lengths are essentially unlimited! You can play on Xbox consoles or stream to mobile devices. It‘s a great option for trying more games and gaming on more devices.

  • Free Play Days – Full game trials for 3-4 days on weekends
  • Limited time trials – 2 to 10 hour trials of new releases
  • Game Pass – 1 month unlimited trial, then $9.99/month after
  • Cloud Gaming – Play Game Pass titles on phones and tablets

No matter which option fits your needs, Xbox has you covered with flexible free trials and subscriptions. You can try before you buy and make sure a game is right for you.

Hope this guide gives you a better idea of the Xbox free trial lengths available. Let me know if you have any other questions!