Microsoft spokesperson Major Nelson has replied to the lack of game demos on the Xbox One by stating that demo availability is entirely up to the developer of the game.
In response to queries as why the poplar arcade game Peggle 2 was released with no demo and why this policy sees to have changed for arcade games during the transition between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Major Nelson responded that “It is up to game developers to do demos for their own games. They'll [sic] be more demos for Xbox One as the platform goes forward,” implying that this has always been the case.
Previously on the Xbox 360, Microsoft required all Xbox Live Arcade games – like Peggle 2's predecessor – to provide free demos. However with the transition to the next-gen Xbox One Microsoft has now lumped less-expensive arcade titles in with the larger, so called triple-A titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4.
Will you miss the Xbox Live Arcade? Was the distinction between smaller and arcade games helpful in your choice of which games to buy?