Install While You Download, Now On The Xbox One Too
Whether you think its taking a page from Sony’s book or just a feature that is becoming a staple addition in next-gen hardware, Microsoft have announced that you’ll be able to play games while they download from Xbox LIVE.
Microsoft revealed the feature, new to the Xbox One, in a statement sent to Engadget.
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“Consumers will be able to sign on to any Xbox One console and have access to all their digital games. Once the required data – a fraction of the entire game – is on their hard drive, they can jump into the action while the rest of the game finishes downloading in the background.”
Of course, disc based games can be played instantly. And by instantly, I mean after the game installs to your hard drive of course. One thing that Microsoft has not yet clarified is if these game installations can be accessed and downloaded via another Xbox One console, although that would seem like a logical addition.
Sony announced a similar, if not identical, feature during the initial PS4 reveal in February; also stating that small bit of the game was required before players could jump in while the rest of it downloaded.
“Chunks [of a game] are automatically copied to the hard drive in the background…after the first few minutes your game can rely on having faster read speeds from the hard drive, which provides a better experience for players. And this is a completely background process for the player. They don’t have to wait for anything to install before playing the game. The game will launch as soon as the disc has been put in the drive.”
It’s a great feature, but one I’m not entirely sure we’ll be able to utilise in South Africa, especially considering the bandwidth we get locally. Those with fast internet lines will probably be able to make use of this feature, but I’m sure the majority of us will still be forced to wait for the entire download to finish or suffer what could come to be know as “game buffering”.
It’s like YouTube videos, only much worse.