As the costs of entertainment rise, my wife and I need to find ways to spend less to keep ourselves entertained. We at least want to make sure that we like what we buy. My wife, son, and I all love to play video games, but they can get expensive. Since we bought our Xbox 360, we have used the downloadable demos to try many new video games without having to spend too much money.

Xbox 360 downloads

We can use our Xbox 360 to download demo versions of some of the most popular games. The Xbox’s Wi-Fi connection lets us connect to Internet and download any game available in the market place. We can browse all available titles or search for one in particular. Downloading onto our console takes a while, sometimes close to an hour, but it beats driving through heavy traffic to get to the store. PlayStation 3 and other game systems also offer downloadable demos.

Purposes of demos

We use the demos for two main reasons. First, the demos let us preview the games. As parents, we can preview a game for content and appropriateness before letting our pre-teen son see it. We can also decide if we like a game enough to spend the money for the full version. For example, my son downloaded the Minecraft demo. He liked it so much that he bought the full version with a points card. He spent $20 for the card that contained 2,600 points. The full Minecraft game cost 1,600 points. He used the extra 1,000 points for additions and upgrades to the game. He did the same with Burnout Revenge. In another instance, I really disliked a racing game, so I easily deleted the demo and spent nothing.

Free, points, or low cost

Most of the demos are free, which we obviously like the best. Some cost points that we can buy in advance through Wi-Fi or on a points card from a store. Other demos may cost a small amount of money. Either way, we get to preview the games through the demos. Full versions are also available for download at full prices, but even if we do not buy the full version, we can still keep and play the demo for as long as we want.

Favorite downloads so far

I have tried many of the newest sports games by downloading the demos. I can use the demos to decide which games are worth the purchase, especially with the annual sports games. I then feel better about spending money on the full versions of the games I like the most. So far, I have liked Madden NFL 13 and NHL 12 the best. I have not yet bought the full versions, but I like the demos enough to satisfy my sports game fix until I do. When buying blind, I may not like a game, but I am then stuck with it and out the purchase price.

We appreciate the downloadable demos that Xbox offers. They let us preview games before we spend too much money and make sure that our son does not play anything we do not want him to play. We will continue to use this feature.

Xbox 360 has been used since ages for providing unlimited entertainment for nearly two generations with different games like the pokemon series for example where you need to have a Pokemon go accounts in your name to spring into action and also quite compatible as a device quite in line with PS4.