Not to be outdone by the impending release of a beta on the PC, the Xbox 360 has secured some Battlefield Bad Company 2 action of its own, with the surprise release of a demo.

Originally appearing in Australia overnight, the demo has now been downloaded - and played - by people all over the world. People who care not for the fact the demo wasn't supposed to be out until February 4; it's out now, servers are working, so they're going at it.

If you're worried about it being locked down by EA and/or Microsoft, don't sweat it: the early release has the official blessing of DICE, so have at it.