Xbox One game preloading still on Microsoft's wishlist

The PS4's latest system update added the ability to download pre-release games.

In the wake of the latest PlayStation 4 firmware introducing the ability to preload unreleased digital games, Microsoft says it's an Xbox One feature that remains on its wishlist.

That's according to Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, who responded to a Reddit post (via CVG) requesting this very feature. Hryb said in a comment, "All I can say right now is that yes, we want this feature as well." In a later comment, he refused to elaborate on how high a priority this is for Microsoft or whether it's something that's currently in development.

The most recent Xbox One update was released in April. It brought back Xbox Live friend notifications and added support for 50Hz Blu-ray content.

Preloading, which is simply the ability to download a game ahead of its release, provides a number of benefits. Among those is the fact that it allows gamers with slow Internet connections to have to wait less time before being able to play a newly released game, and it also lessens the likelihood of download servers being overwhelmed at the launch of a game.

As first reported last month, yesterday's PS4 1.70 firmware update added preloading support. The feature is also available for certain game releases on Steam and other digital PC game distribution services.

How important is the ability to preload games to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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124 comments
veeg63
veeg63

This would be a good idea for the future! however I want the xbox one to be able to play my game without the disk in it just to save some time, since you have to install the game anyway. To insure that not everyone can just install and play on any console they should make it so you can install to the FIRST console and that one wont need the disk anymore and then you have the disk just in case you need it or something. That way its both digital and disk based on your xbox system. That way even if you aren't 'online' like the original plan that everyone freaked out over, you can still use the full xbox and kinect functionality.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

For me, pre-loading isn't a big deal because I still buy most games on disc. But the benefits are undeniable.

Sony has a separate, dedicated CPU in the PS4 to process things like downloads and video capture without taking a hit to the main CPU being used for games and the OS. Does the Xbox One also utilize a secondary CPU for this type of background processing? I'm guessing "yes" only because of the video capturing capabilities it already uses. I should go Google that...

fatalscorpion
fatalscorpion

Preloading is definitely needed since I want to go as digital as possible this gen.

XxAK47xX
XxAK47xX

they need to implement the original plan where you can have the disk but not need to put it in. use the internet to check and make sure you are not cheating. if you internet does go out all you have tot do is put the disk in. simple as that. 

kahnseal
kahnseal

why don't you sony fans stop trolling xbox one post and ask sony why they can only get 1080p 60 fps only on indie titles since its supposedly 50% more powerful than xbox one. lol

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

What do you mean it's on Microsoft's wishlist?  Is that a joke? Consumers have Wishlists, not the Hardwares makers. Are you expecting someone to offer that feature to your console or something? Because no one will do that. If you want the feature in the console, you are the ones who have the ability to make it available, don't be dumbasses and say it's on your wishlist, just make it happen!.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Its bad enough that Xbox is trailing PS on sale so really it shouldn't be trailing on updates, its this little things that MS should at leas be leading on, honestly how had can this be? I thought they did this for Titanfall

lovingthegames
lovingthegames

@steelmouth  They are both trailing on certain updates. The PS4 doesn't even have friend notifications yet and all those other media functions people keep asking for(I don't care about them personally). 

redwin
redwin

If you had both you'll wouldn't have made that comment. Don't knock the Xbox it's a great console, it's a fact. I'm fine having my ps4 but I'm very happy with my Xbox One.

R3FURBISHED
R3FURBISHED

I don't know why Microsoft thinks "Yeah, that would be cool" is an acceptable answer.

emerin76
emerin76

ok, for a company that sees the future as digital only, you'd think it'd be high on the priority list....surprised its not even functional yet.

I still like Microsoft, but they're dragging thier feet.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

For those who are going digital only,its a good thing.

Personally i prefer a disc(boxed).

But on other hand,there are games like Child of Light where you have no choice but buy it digital.

Luckily,its only 2,3 GB big ;-)

jfk-sniper
jfk-sniper

@sladakrobot  Its good tu buy 2TB sdd for ps4 at the end of the summer.than you are in peace.

G4m3_0n
G4m3_0n

I'd only be all for it if we also get the pre-order bonuses most games now offer. 


If's it's only to preload I may aswell just go to the store pre-order and get the bonus that generally comes with it like Beta Access for the Destiny or Bruce Lee and  Royce Gracie in the UFC game.

gulagone
gulagone

Most pre-order incentives these days get released eventually, so no biggie for me.

ershellfrank
ershellfrank

You are aware that Sony is the king of copying, right?

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Cool feature but not one I see me ever using. data caps; download times ( most of these AAA games are 40 or more gbs);

zakaweb
zakaweb

I think it's a good feature and will bring with it digital pre-orders which isn't available at this time.

lomsha
lomsha

Some people are weird on here, thinking that's a gimmick. Oh well to each his own. Personally it is going to be useful, I'm going all digital on the ps4, so instead of waiting for the ups guy till 8 or 9pm i can start playing at midnight on release day.

Romayo83
Romayo83

Cool feature. I buy games for trade-in Value though just in case I'm bored of it quickly or just not happy with my purchase. Most current gen games Gamestop will offer $35 credit. 

Digital download? Waste of money IMO

cws3e
cws3e

To me this is really just a marketing trick to get people to buy the game digitally instead of on disk.

sanchango
sanchango

@cws3e  well, like you said, to you and only you. To others, it's a godsend 

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Preloading my socks! I don't need this. I always wait until a game goes down to $20 on Amazon to buy it. That's my gaming creed.

jako998
jako998

@StonerDemon I don't know about 20 dollars but you can get CoD ghost for 28-32 dollars and BF4 for 33-40 dollars on Amazon. way better IMO

xcollector
xcollector

@StonerDemon Its the industry's fault for devaluing their games with complete editions that get released a year later. The first release is incomplete so there is no point on paying full price for it.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

@Too-DementeD @StonerDemon  Actually quite a few. I bought them last week:

Farcry 3 ($15)
Crysis 3 ($18)
Bioshock Infinite ($19)
Sonic Racing Transformed ($19)
Metal Gear Rising ($18)
Killer Is Dead ($19, with artbook, soundtrack CD and DLC included)

I guess Rayman Legends doesn't count ($21)

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

The first game I've ever pre-loaded was Dark Souls 2 last week. I was practically counting down the minutes until the game unlocked, but it gives peace of mind to know that you don't need to wait further once a game you bought is officially released. I got right into the game instantly, and it was a load of fun.

If every game I pre-ordered had the option to pre-load, I'd always do it; It's a pretty cool feature.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

Not sure i get the pre-download thing.  You buy the game not-reviewed, not demo'd, and with no way to get a refund if it's not good?

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@IndremaLover  I'm not sure if you can get a refund anywhere once you've pre-ordered digital content, but I don't think you can.

As for your other points: Don't always believe reviews, and even if you do, you still get the choice of when you want to pre-order the game. You can still pre-order a game after reviews, but before release.
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Not all games get demos and if you want to try out a demo before you play the game, then you wouldn't need to pre-order/pre-load anyway. Certain demos come out a little while before the game itself does too, so once again, you just need to time your pre-order/pre-load.


IndremaLover
IndremaLover

@Too-DementeD @IndremaLover  


Agreed, my points exactly.  It seems we would be taking on additional risk by pre-downloading.  A few titles might be with this, but is could still see getting burned by doing this.


xcollector
xcollector

@IndremaLover The whole point is so you can play the game 1 second past midnight on release day. Its kind of pointless for most people that have a life.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@IndremaLover @Too-DementeD  Pre-ordering a game itself is always a risk, that's why developers give incentives like additional content and other things to people that pre-order. It comes down to how soon people want the game.

Some people are impatient (I suppose myself included for certain titles) and just want the game ASAP, that's why people pay full price on day one. 


Pre-loading is just a method to get to play that game even quicker.

blackace
blackace

Not a big deal for me as I'll usually kick off the install of the game and then go and play something else on one of ther platforms.

xcollector
xcollector

There are a lot of things on Microsoft's wish list. Like wishing to be relevant.

rasterror
rasterror

@xcollector They're extremely profitable so I guess they still are. Another gaming company well....

xcollector
xcollector

@phiphthvyoo @xcollectorIt sounds like you are trying to justify their value by giving them your money. Its like a hooker paying you to have sex with her. Thats f*cked up. lol.

blackace
blackace

@xcollector With over 5 million sold, in 5 months, I'd say they are pretty relevant. What they show at the E3 will make it even more relevant.

vorbzv
vorbzv

Shipped not sold....

There is a difference man..

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

I'm still hopeful they'll add an option to auto-boot to full screen TV.  I had to disconnect cable because my wife and kids revolted against the console/cable TV integration.  This option could allow me to try it again.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

@OMGUPOS @IndremaLover  


Sometimes, sometimes not.  It probably works great in a bedroom, but in a family setting, not so well.  My wife is done with trying to get it to respond just to watch TV.  And my 6 year old can't get it to work at all.


Oh, and the "lol" just makes you seem like a dick.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@IndremaLover all you have to say is "Xbox watch TV" and it goes straight to full-screen...lol