Xbox 360 Game Demo FAQ

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A great feature of the Xbox 360 is that many games have free demos that you can download to see if you like a game before you buy it.

Most demos are single player only, but some offer Xbox Live Multiplayer as well. You can tell what each demo offers on its individual page on the XBL Marketplace. This list covers only demos available in the U.S.

Every Xbox Live Arcade game, as well as every Xbox Indie Game on 360, has to have a demo as per Microsoft's rules  Not every retail game does, however, and these days many don't.

Admittedly, there are far fewer retail game demos today in 2016 than there were when the Xbox 360 launched in 2005.  A bad demo, and there have been quite a few bad ones, can sour people on an otherwise good game, so many publishers stopped offering demos entirely.  Producing demos also put extra strain on developers, so not doing demos anymore freed them up to put more work into the game itself.  

Currently there are 321 demos listed on's Xbox 360 Game Demo page.  That isn't every demo that has ever been on the service, of course, just the ones available now as some have been deleted over the years.  Newer games are listed first.  Click to see full list of Xbox 360 game demos on