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Mass Effect 3 demo expected release times for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC

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As everyone knows, today marks the release of the Mass Effect 3 demo.  After months of being teased with videos, news, and previews about the final game of the Mass Effect trilogy, fans will finally be able to get their first hands-on experience with it. 

"The demo begins in dramatic fashion with the spectacular attack on Earth, followed by a mid-game section showcasing the groundbreaking interactive storytelling, adrenaline-pumping action, ruthless and intelligent enemies, and deep customization that make Mass Effect 3 the must-have title of 2012."

Below are the expected release times for the Mass Effect 3 demo on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

The Xbox 360 version, which is also the first game to support Xbox Kinect voice commands in a demo, is actually already available in most regions (North America and Europe).  According to BioWare the demo was released on Xbox LIVE at approximately 2am PST.  Microsoft's Major Nelson has officially confirmed the demo is now available for Xbox 360 and can now be added to your download queue.  Kinect isn't required for the ME3 demo, but as you can tell by our impressions, it is definitely awesome.

The PC demo should be available aapproximately at 10am PST and will appear on Origin once it is available.

PlayStation 3 will be the last console to receive the demo, with an expected release time around 4pm PST.

For fans with Battlefield 3 early access to the demo, please follow the below steps to activate your online Pass for early access.

  • Redeem your Battlefield 3 Online Pass on Xbox Marketplace, Origin, or in the Battlefield 3 game.
  • Launch Battlefield 3 and then start Multiplayer from the main menu.
    • This will set the Mass Effect 3 entitlement
    • The “Thanks for redeeming your Online Pass” message that displays confirms that your entitlement is active.
  • Start the Mass Effect 3 Demo and select Multiplayer to play.
    • Entitlements are platform agnostic.

BioWare's Chris Priestly did note that they do not have the exact times so the demo could be earlier or later than indicated.  As usual we will keep you updated with when the demo arrives on each platform.

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