Xbox One Pre-Loading Support Announced at Gamescom, Starts In September

First two games available for digital pre-order and pre-load are Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15.

During Microsoft's Gamescom briefing today, the company officially confirmed that Xbox One owners will soon have the option to preorder and pre-load "select" digital games. Microsoft's Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, announced the news today, saying the option will begin with FIFA 15 (September 26) and Forza Horizon 2 (September 30) this fall.

In June, Spencer said Microsoft was still thinking about Xbox One pre-loading. The company has also not abandoned its ambitions to bring back some of the Xbox One digital features, like family sharing, sometime in the future. Sony introduced pre-loading support for PlayStation 4 back in June.

"Preorder and pre-download gives gamers additional options for where they can purchase game content and the ability to purchase in their preferred format," Microsoft said. "This also enables the title to download ahead of availability, so gamers can begin playing immediately upon the release of the game."

For more on Microsoft's Gamescom showing, check out a recap of our liveblog.

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oflow
oflow

would be nice if this included the preorder bonuses

Jew1
Jew1

Throw in the same preorder bonuses and the ability to return a game if it sucks like in Canada and I'll never go to a store again. Why wait in line then drive home for a midnight release when I could actually play the game come midnight.

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

Just another fantastic step to making the xb1 that much better,thank you MS for listening to are wants and needs,let's keep it rolling. 

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

cool xbox geting the pre order stuff steam/ps4 has, now can the ps4 please update about turning console off and back on the game from the excate moment it was turned off like x box already does...

Burriscold
Burriscold

Man XBOX is on fire and it will only gain more ground. This feature has been so desired. Better late than never, IMO. And the fact that XB1 will be providing DLNA and USB playback thats just icing on the cake! Another notch on the belt for M$. As we all know SONY said they will not be supporting DLNA. Shame, o well.

shawnjohn
shawnjohn

When will people that dont have the system realize nobody cares about your opinion. I could care less about steam. Stop trying to compare everything. Why would this article mean anything to you?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Steam has had this for years.  This should have been implemented at launch for the Bone.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Awesome update. Good news for Xbox One today. 

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

good stuff , its just good news for Xbox fans today

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I prefer digital as a delivery method but the prices are still way off on consoles.

pork7
pork7

I've always defended consoles, but I just can't do it anymore. 

Why the hell would someone want a ''next-gen'' system when they already have a decent PC? Granted xb0ner/PS4 are cheaper than a gaming rig. But if you have money problems, video games should be the least of your problems anyway.

themc_7
themc_7

I don't really understand this. So you'll get to play the game at 12:01 am instead of like 12:30am. Downloading and installing doesn't take that long. Do I really need to have the game preloaded on my system prior to launch?

wookiegr
wookiegr

Paying full price for digital only is still the biggest scam in the gaming industry. What would make pre-loading a valuable feature is you get to play the game in advance of street date as a perk of buying full price digital AND be able to pre-load the game without paying for it up front so when you are ready to play it, then you pay for it. I would like the option to install it digitally in advance and then when I get my physical copy at a lower price it will automatically be installed and ready to play. Xbox One games take a ridiculous amount of time to install.

tommyschieffer
tommyschieffer

It's ok sony let's users play co op and multiplayer games without owning the game

danielgibbs7902
danielgibbs7902

@Thanatos2k I always hear this: should have been implemented at launch.

Well they did have to reverse policies & other things on the ONE; who knows what it wouldve been.

huerito323
huerito323

@Thanatos2k I hate it when people complain like this. What matters is that they are implementing the feature now. 

Staranime010
Staranime010

@Thanatos2k Yes, we know Steam had this for years now console fanboys can enjoy this as well...

mrjammy
mrjammy

Yeah in the UK they are £20 more expensive than buying a physical copy. Ridiculous ..

isane-bishop
isane-bishop

@pork7 Not EVERYONE has a decent PC! ( like me! ) Just because some of us has money problems. Do NOT mean we stop gaming! PC fanKID!

Staranime010
Staranime010

@pork7 PC Fanboys like  you, love to act like jerks on the internet ):

zerooo0
zerooo0

@pork7 Console exclusives, or a simple console experience.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@pork7 I don't already have a decent PC, I never have and since I don't even need a graphics card to go on the internet I likely never will. If I want a decent PC I'll have to go out of my way to build one specifically for games.

DVONvX
DVONvX

@pork7 I don't have money problems. I just don't see the need to spend tons of money on a gaming PC when consoles can do the same thing. I can't play the last of us or halo on PC. Watchdogs plays worse on PC. And, at the end of the day- gaming is just a hobby that doesn't justify tons of money. $400 gets me awesome 1080p games for at least 5 years. I'm fine with that. 

justenholstein
justenholstein

My download speed is 30 Mbps and it still takes HOURS for games. Don't post a stupid comment please

justenholstein
justenholstein

Yes it matters. My download speed is 30mbps and that still takes hours for big games. Think before posting please

danielgibbs7902
danielgibbs7902

@themc_7 Just think if they integrate it with Smartglass...now you can pre-order @ work...& still have it downloaded before you get home.

Zorlac
Zorlac

@themc_7 REALLY is 100% dependent on your internet connection. I recently had to re-install call of duty ghosts because it wouldn't update properly, and it took me almost a full 24 hours, and I'm on the best possible DSL available in my area. Don't think because you have smoking fast internet that everyone else does too.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@themc_7 It is nice to be able to hit download at midnight and then go to bed though. Wake up and have it ready and waiting for you. Still get it quicker than the post man can bring it anyway. Besides if you only have 5MB broadband it won't be 12:30 when you get to play it, more like 5:30 on my old connection.

ebyrwa
ebyrwa

@themc_7 Depending on your internet connection speed the answer may be yes.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@wookiegr Yeah five years ago they were all like "We're still working out the kinks of how to offer titles digitally.  Don't worry!  When we eliminate the production costs we can pass the savings on to you!"


They didn't pass ja.ck sh.it onto us.

pork7
pork7

@wookiegr Sheeple just gotta have the game the second it comes out, so they don't mind paying $60.00 plus tax for virtual ones and zeros.

Sadly, if it were not for dumb sheeple, companies would probably charge half price. A good example of how dumb people ruin it for everyone.

themc_7
themc_7

@wookiegr agreed. Digital games should be like 25-40% cheaper than physical copies. No shipping or handling, no gamestop middle man, no packaging, etc. 

Why pay $60 for digital?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@huerito323 @Thanatos2k The PS4 outsold them 2 to 1.  That might not have happened if they had implemented features they promised on time.  So yes, it does matter that they're ONLY implementing it now.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@zerooo0 @pork7 What console exclusives?  Most are ported to PC.


What simple console experience?  Do you know that it takes longer to install a game on consoles now compared to PC?  That argument isn't even true anymore.

pork7
pork7

@Adam802 @pork7 Just can't help myself, microsoft made it too easy. I've also though of calling PS4, ''PSwhore'' because it rhymes. Or maybe ''PSfloor''.

ebyrwa
ebyrwa

@pork7 @wookiegr I value those virtual ones and zeros regardless of how they are delivered to my console, whether it be physical media or an internet connection, because they were created by talented people who devoted a great amount of time and energy into creating them. I say this as a software developer myself. I have a great appreciation of the work that goes into creating quality software and to me the delivery method isn't important. If anything I appreciate not having to load a disc into my console to play any game I want. Costs for physical replication on disk and distribution are minimal when compared to the cost of producing and marketing software. If you think the cost of disk-based distribution covers half the cost of your game or consists of half the value I would say you are very wrong.

m4a5
m4a5

@themc_7 @wookiegr It's to make it fair for the retailers who will advertise their consoles and sell physical games. Cut them out with cheaper prices and you are going to have them turn on you...

I wouldn't mind them getting cut out already, but MS and Sony still don't want to do it...

Selindrile
Selindrile

@pork7 @Adam802 Stop acting like a child and formulate proper ideas with dignity, not "just because it rhymes."