Xbox One Getting Digital Game Preorders "Soon," Dev Says -- Will You Use It?

Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games says the functionality should be available sometime before launch in October.

Xbox One owners will be able to preorder a digital copy of Insomniac Games' upcoming stylized shooter Sunset Overdrive "soon," the developer has confirmed, suggesting the this option could be rolled out as a new system feature in the not-too-distant future.

During the latest episode of Sunset TV (above), Insomniac Games community manager Brandon Winfrey responded to a fan question about if they would be able to receive the Sunset Overdrive Day One Edition content if they buy a digital copy of the game. He said, "Yes, if you preorder the game digitally, you will get the Day One Edition content. You can't preorder it digitally yet, but soon you will be able to."

Winfrey also teased that people who buy Sunset Overdrive digitally will receive a "nifty gifty exclusive," though no other details were provided. Sunset Overdrive launches exclusively for Xbox One on October 28.

Microsoft's Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said last month in an interview with IGN that digital preordering functionality has not been forgotten and its introduction is "on the roadmap" for a future Xbox One system update. Spencer is also aware that fans would like to see digital pre-loading available on Xbox One, pledging that this functionality, too, is on Microsoft's radar.

Last month, Sony introduced pre-loading support for PlayStation 4.

Do you like the idea of being able to preorder an Xbox One game digitally? Let us know in the comments below!

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moesuir
moesuir

Do a 10% discount and I'm in!!!!!!!

RevLux
RevLux

I've held off preordering Sunset Overdrive in hopes that they would eventually at least have it as a day one digital release. So, this is great news.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Yet another push to give up your rights as a consumer by going digital. I'd rather own, sell, or loan my game that will exist for the rest of my life rather than on a server for a few years thanks.

Keaze_
Keaze_

Shut up and make another Resistance.

masterofevil22
masterofevil22

Hell yeah I'd use it!   I've got about twenty Xbox One games and only one Non-Digital.  I buy just about everything and Fifa 14 is the only game I've got on a disc, bc it's yearly (and I'll prob still buy Fifa 15 digitally).  I need this BAAAAD


I just like being able to say "Xbox go to xxxx" and BAMM, there's my game.  Getting off the couch is overrated....lmao

Keaze_
Keaze_

@masterofevil22 PC.  No need to get off the couch either.  Even if you buy "physical" copies.

oflow
oflow

@Keaze_ @masterofevil22 Hi I like to talk about PCs on article that have nothing to do with PCs.

DERP. DERPA DERP. DERP DIDDLYI DERP.

Keaze_
Keaze_

@oflow @Keaze_ @masterofevil22 masterofevil22 said "getting off the couch is overrated".  I was merely voicing my agreement and noting that I game on PC and don't need to get off the couch either.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

Actually, for this game I won't be using it because the box art is just too awesome.

RevLux
RevLux

@A8ADD0N  It really does have awesome box art. It reminds me of some of the brighter boxes for some of the games of yesteryear. Back when every box contained an unnecessarily large booklet that had smelt like awesome feels....No? Just me? (frowny sad weird face)

Daveof89
Daveof89

I don't get the appeal of digital games. You can't sell them after you're done with them, you can't loan them to friends, and they almost never go on sale (unless we're talking PC games). Not a feature for me.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@Daveof89 


They have their advantages. For example, if you have an all digital library you can quickly switch to another game just by saying so. It's kind of cool, but not a feature I really use often. However, one thing I think it would come in handy for is if Microsoft brings back the family sharing thing they originally announced. Then everyone will be wishing their library was all digital.


But yeah, I mostly agree. I enjoy having retail copies. Easy to sale, trade, and lend out.

masterofevil22
masterofevil22

@Daveof89 Cool thing about the Xbox One's external hard drive support (It supports 2 x HDD or SSD via USB 3.0 along with the internal drive simultaneously.  Max 30TB via external at a time, so some pretty big drives)  Anyway, you can load up all your games on there and take it over to your buddy's house!!


I've got a 3TB drive with about 20 games on it and all my saves, map packs, loadouts, etc. on it and I just plug it into my buddy's Xbox when I go over to game and we have ALL of Our Games Right There!!!!  I LOVE IT!

oflow
oflow

@Daveof89 I dont like the clutter.  Selling them doesnt really get you much money so I dont bother with it.  And if people hadnt have nerd-raged about X1's original DRM policy, they would realize that it was designed to let you digitally let friends/family share your games. The downside would have been getting rid of the boxes all together.

I know some people dont like it (like people with crappy internet) but physical media is dying you are going to have to let it go anyway at some point, just like the music industry.

Daveof89
Daveof89

@oflow @Daveof89 I beg to differ. Physical software/games will still be around for a long time. Heck, you can still buy music on CD, it's just less common nowadays.

RevLux
RevLux

@Daveof89  I started getting digital games due to Sony's PS+, and then later Microsoft's games with gold "free" games. Once you get accustomed to being able to simply turn on your console and startup virtually any game in your collection it is difficult to go back to physical copies.


Also, there have been a number of digital game sales over the last several months. The 360 and PS3 saw the highest # of sales and the largest % off, of course. Though there were still quite respectable discounts even on the PS4 and XB1. Similar to Steam, you have to wait for the right time to get the best deals. I purchased many PS3 and 360 digital games recently that were far cheaper then even a used copy at GameStop or Best Buy. The 360 in particular offered a number of great games for just under $5. Every week or two there are more thing's offered. I expect the XB1 and PS4 will have even more sales on their digital games as their respective libraries grows.


As I mentioned earlier, I find it much more convenient for me to be able to quickly find and start playing my digital games. I don't often have a great deal of free time. If I spent more than a couple minutes looking for a game I would just move onto something else. That all changed once I began going (mostly) all digital.


That said, I can see why some gamers would still want to keep the physical copy. Although one reason I read quite often here is that people want physical copies so they can trade them in later on.  Why not just rent games and save a ton of money if you don't plan on keeping them? If it turns out you really like the title you can buy it after trying it out. (likely for less than you otherwise would have paid.)


One thing I feel that, in good conscience, I should warn you about: Be very careful if you decide to buy one or two digital games. Once you start it is very addicting -at least to my friends and I. Steam is especially clever about their sales. Even games you don't really think you'll like will end up getting purchased b/c of the low prices.  /end novel

Zironn1
Zironn1

Yeah getting pre order bonuses through digital sales is a plus, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner.

tommynj
tommynj

Yes I'll be using it.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Oh Xbox1 still playing catch up but good to hear you will have it 'soon'. Digital pre-orders is pretty convenient, been enjoying that since my PS4 launched...I am even more excited for preloading...good luck with that.


A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@WingChopMasta 


This sort of thing could also be viewed as a racket. It's not all sunshine and roses like you describe, because you really don't know what you're paying for yet, but you're paying for it anyway. I'm sure the publishers really love the added revenue stream but don't kid yourself into thinking this is a feature that sets the PS4 above the XB1.

Zironn1
Zironn1

@WingChopMasta  yeah glad you like it as well I've been enjoying preloading for the last 10 years on my pc glad to hear your just catching up, that's what you sound like no one cares about your rants.

Cronyk
Cronyk

FINALLY. I have been asking for this feature from day one. I have lost out on several pre-order exclusives due to this not being an option. The other reason I want this feature is simply to show my support for developers. No, not Activision or EA, but if its possible to help keep a smaller studio going until they reach lauch, I'm all for it.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

I will… my experience with the X1 is that a) games with disc tend to get stuck on "updating queue" every now and then until I pop in the disc itself, unlike the digital downloaded games which will update themselves automatically without any hassle whatsoever and b) where I live, games launch days later (especially if you have to import) and are much more expensive (Bra$il…), so being able to buy a digital version and play at day one and cheaper is also another reason for me.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Really? Why would anyone Preorder a Digital Game in general It is not like they will run out LOL especially when it is cheaper in store.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@sonyonly4 Preloading is being able to download the game before day one, normally a couple of days ahead of time, which usually ends up speeding up the download because everybody isn't hitting the server at the same time. Obviously, you need to pay for the game first for this to happen.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@_Silent_Jay_ @sonyonly4 They aren't talking about preloading they are talking about pre-ordering. You probably won't see preloading on Xbox1 for a long time. They are still playing catchup for everything else.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I'll be buying the game on disc, so I probably won't take advantage of the feature.  I do buy digital-only games though.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

I would use the hell out of this. This is something that should have been available since day 1. But hey, better late than never. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I haven't bought more than a couple of games digitally (most of them indie games, AAA titles only when on a deep discount), and even with my limited experiences with digital I've had at least a few games I bought digitally removed from Xbox Live forever, so I can never re-download them (Diner Dash, one of the old ported Mortal Kombat games, and a couple of F2P games, Doritos Dash of Destruction and Crash Course (either 1 or 2)).  Who knows how many others have been removed?

You want me to go digital as a console gamer?

1. Make it easy and safe to share games with friends.

2. Stop removing games from servers (like those mentioned above), preventing re-downloading.  Not everyone can keep every game they have bought downloaded at the same time.  And in the instance of Diner Dash, the Xbox 360 that I had it downloaded on kicked the bucket, so I bought a new Xbox but then Diner Dash was no longer available to re-download, so I lost the game forever.

If it happens with indie titles then you know it's going to happen with AAA games, just wait.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@spacecadet25 Those 2 points you just said... was Microsofts original plan with the Xbox One when it was announced.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I just got the Doritos games the other day. You sure it wasn't a temp thing?

RossRichard
RossRichard

@spacecadet25 I have also lost a few games that I bought digitally. They literally just disappeared from my games menu on my account. Yes, it does happen.

Cronyk
Cronyk

@Sevenizz Agreed. I wish they had kept the policies the way they were, but then it wouldn't have sold nearly as many consoles, because the average console gamer is simply ignorant.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Not everyone (including myself) had a problem with MSs original policies. You don't hear them complain about them on Steam.

kvan33
kvan33

I'll never understand the desire to preorder. Full price for a game that hasn't been reviewed only to get meaningless costumes and game breaking weapons.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

With the size of AAA titles these days, it can take a few hours at midnight to load and with traffic, can take longer. I fell asleep downloading Titanfall and didn't get to play it till the morning. Kinda made the midnight release pointless. Adding insult to injury, I couldn't even begin till 3am my time to DL due to MS going by west coast time (I'm in Toronto).

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

@kvan33 I agree. Now, SOMETIMES there are exceptions where you know you will enjoy the game regardless of whether it winds up a 7 vs 8 on some review site. But by and large, this just exposes our grab-bag mindless consumerism.


And people complaining about it like it's "forced on us" - no! the publishers should be begging us for their business. Here's a thought: if you don't like what they are doing or selling, don't buy it! I'm sorry, even if you are a huge fan of ___, that doesn't mean you should buy a game from that series that you DON'T approve of for the sake of... what? Throwing your money away? I like Age of Empires. But I will absolutely not buy an Age of Empires game for the sake of it if I dislike how they made it or are distributing it. It's only worth money insofar as it offers the experience I want. Long story short, if we only buy the products that meet our standards, the companies will need to rise to our standards or perish. That's how it should be.

claudiopedroso
claudiopedroso

@kvan33 For me, it's a budget thing. October and November usually have great game launches, so with pre-order I can get that one or two games that I KNOW that I'll buy (I'm looking at you, FIFA 15 and DA: Inquisition), and save my holiday budget for other games/things.