Xbox One supports remote downloads

Microsoft confirms that its next-generation console, like the PlayStation 4, will let users download content while they are away.

The Xbox One will support remote downloads, Microsoft has confirmed. Earlier this week, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 would also support remote content downloads.

"Yes! Of course you can download while you are away," Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten said on Twitter. "#xboxone - Always up to date, always your console. The beauty of low power mode!"

The Xbox One launches in November in 13 regions. Microsoft also recently revealed that voice commands on the Xbox One will only be supported in five regions at launch.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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duuuuuuude1
duuuuuuude1

Is it still $100 more than the PS4? 

Stipton1
Stipton1

lol im glad ps3.5 caught up and can finally do this been already doing this on 360

hp2110
hp2110

they have been saying they can do this the whole time. is was one of the big arguments for the "always online" feature

mos2000
mos2000

After MS reversed their DRM policy - the systems both are running neck and neck regarding potential installed base units. However  MS is losing some ground on this over something so stupid that they need to get a better grip on... PR battle

This story is a classic example. Sony the past few weeks have  been releasing stupid a-- "guess what our system can do" side notes, to be published all over the web.  MS then has to play catch up and say "...oh we can do that too" over the dumbest features. Regardless of how dumb, you got to give Sony credit for understanding the PR atmosphere now and taking advantage of it.  It just looks bad that MS has to keep 'following behind them' with these announcements

MS needs to get ahead of the game and put Sony on the defensive. Start focusing on features that Sony has not clarified, or do not have that can create buzz. For example - Xbone is allowing family members on accounts to share games.  That's a big deal. Put Sony in a corner and force them to respond - as they are doing to you!

MS has to get better at this - and do it quick. Don't think because you reversed the DRM policy your out of the woods. You still got some work to do to keep that potential installed base. The DRM attempt left a sting in the mouth of many, and previous faithful's still are not fully committed yet. Don't be so out of touch to think otherwise.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

MS just trying to get you to buy their portable products .... cell phones n tablets ....

Art3Zero
Art3Zero

But can it download ram?

GameReviewGuru
GameReviewGuru

Once again, Xbox one ends up matching PS4. Still waiting for it to show signs of surpassing.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Yet ANOTHER reason to not buy this spyware.

andrescapo_
andrescapo_

Do people really leave their systems connected to the electricity while not using them?

ngoss
ngoss

Doesn't this already exist on 360? If I have mine on, I can be on any computer / phone, buy a game online, and add it to queue and it will start to download.

gamestoreguy
gamestoreguy

Almost there Microsoft, a little bit more and you really will be just like the PS4.  Way to separate yourself from the rest of the pack...

adroge1
adroge1

And???? Come on - it would be news if the X1 DIDN'T have this feature, not that it does have the feature.

emptycow718
emptycow718

im sure 99% of the stuff sony said will be on the ps4 wont be working at all at launch 

somatzu
somatzu

who gives a shit; this is a non-issue. how about something related to gaming? oh right, it's the adbox juan where gaming is an afterthought at best.

noladem504
noladem504

@karin_2049 wow! your an idiot. I have been using this feature on my 360 for a long time now. PS is the one finally catching up. Good luck with that IQ

funktacious
funktacious

@karin_2049 Yep, and while we're at it... APPLE SUCKS! IPHONE SUCKS! They're just ripping everything off of Alexander Graham Bell!

mos2000
mos2000

@karin_2049 this feature was always available for both systems - this is not news

themc_7
themc_7

@DeViLzzz you can get the xbox app, which runs on pretty much all devices (android, apple, etc) and has all of these features. you don't need an MS phone or tablet to use this feature

noladem504
noladem504

@Art3Zero Actually you dont need to. Not only is more RAM available on the XBone than the PS4 (500MB) after the OSs, but MS also provides cloud processing which can theoretically allow for an infinite amount of memory. Just a few of the perks of being a part of the most impressive network of servers known to man.

noladem504
noladem504

@GameReviewGuru wow, another dumbass. This is an old feature for MS, it has been available on the 360 for a long time. It is Sony that is just catching up. 

themc_7
themc_7

@DarthLod let me guess your buying a PS4 instead...oh wait it has the same feature. 

themc_7
themc_7

@andrescapo_Do people really leave their systems connected to the electricity while not using them? What do you do? unplug your system from the wall outlet when you aren't using it?

adders99
adders99

@andrescapo_ yes... because its not really using electricity when they are turned off.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@ngoss Thank you! I was about to say the same thing. I literally just bought Xbox 360 content on my computer earlier.

TheSkilledOne06
TheSkilledOne06

Nope..the 360 has the download in sleep mode function.

sanec
sanec

@gamestoreguy are you really dumb enough to think this is something theyve just added "after" the ps4?  Theyve both had the feature long before either of the consoles existence's were even made public.  Sony just touted about it first.  Or are you saying they should cut the feature because Sony has it?  lol, right. Good one.


smoke1125
smoke1125

just trying to prove a point about the price

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@adroge1 no big surprise, a feature like this is a no-brainer for any modern day entertainment device

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@somatzu want something related to gaming?

how about dedicated servers which sony doesn't offer...because they are too poor and have to use the same old technology of p2p...in 2013...

also titanfall, quantum break, halo 5, sunset overdrive, dead rising 3, project spark, and many more exclusives that if you took the time to find out...you would see the xbox one is all about gaming.

Art3Zero
Art3Zero

@noladem504 @Art3Zero Were you born retarded? I was making a joke and you're referring to hard drive space. Xbox one has 8 gigs of ram, same with ps4.

Fastnova00007
Fastnova00007

@noladem504 @Art3Zero This*  I'm actually mad Microsoft did such a poor job in advertising the cloud and family sharing utilities Xbox one was going to have.  I'm hoping these changes don't affect the power of the console...  It's obvious the console was built at a low spec wise and was to be compensated with extra power from the cloud.

andrescapo_
andrescapo_

@themc_7 Yes, thats exactly what I do. I have 10 consoles hooked up on the same TV, and I only connect the one i'm going to use to the electricity, so I always unplug it when I'm done.

andrescapo_
andrescapo_

@adders99 You think the little red led or the functions that it needs to react to a remote command are not constantly using electricity? You never know when a thunderstorm can happen, or when there could be a hiccup in the voltage or something. My Wii was having problem once when I had some WiiConnect24 that did stuff with the system turned off, I disabled that and started to disconnect the system, it never again had any problems.

ngoss
ngoss

@sanec Agreed. I said this in a previous comment. It's not some new special feature. You can buy games anywhere and put them in to your download queue for 360 as is. If you happen to have your system on, it will start to download. This isn't a copy off ps4, it's a copy off something it's already doing with the 360.

themc_7
themc_7

@andrescapo_ @adders99 the console stays in a low power, "sleep" like mode. it's obviously using power, but it's very little

jlefebre6001
jlefebre6001

@andrescapo_ @adders99 no i do not unplug my electronics when i'm notusing them. unless there's a storm outside but i do use a surge protector.

Fastnova00007
Fastnova00007

@bluefox755 @deadly_yank33 @somatzu PS4 is crushing Microsoft pre-orders because a small minority on the internet bitched and complained about Microsoft always online policy as they were uninformed.  Xbox one is more revolutionary than the PS4, it can do more.  PS4 is about gaming straight up and there's nothing wrong with that.  Xbox one also has a stronger launch line up and one of the most anticipated games in the last few years... Titanfall.

I will own both consoles, but will be getting the One first as the launch line up is better.  The only company that saved the PS3 this generation was Naughty Dog.

noladem504
noladem504

@RicanV @smoke1125 @LucentWolf @deadly_yank33 none of them good? you need to get out more. The SAknife was designed for camping, not masturbating.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@smoke1125 so you've played the PS4 and PS3 side by side?

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@deadly_yank33 @LucentWolf Ya no, sorry. I was being sarcastic. Sorry that went over your head.

You really need to stop blindly following a piece of gaming hardware that's meant to bring fun to peoples lives. Stop trying to push your system. Who are you to decide what is better. 

The reality is both systems will sell, both systems will do good. The more these two companies fight over us the better. However, we do not need to fight amongst ourselves. Please grow up and stop worshipping a piece of plastic and metal. :/

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@RicanV @LucentWolf @smoke1125 @deadly_yank33 

haha sad thing is they don't know how to fully utilize their potential...4 years minimum? really? and all it is some upgraded ram...same amount

why does sony reserve more memory for their o.s. and less for games than Microsoft? cause they suck at making hardware.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@LucentWolf thank you please spread the word...and for god sake's tell gamespot to change it to ps3.5 and eliminate the phrase next-gen on the ps3.5 side of their website.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@smoke1125 @LucentWolf @deadly_yank33 Oooooohhhh really. That's amazing. Cause I thought they said " Playstation 4 " when they announced it. I wasn't aware I was imagining things, and they actually said " Playstation 3.5 " 

I'm sorry. I must go now. I need to inform gaming venues everywhere of their grave mistake.

smoke1125
smoke1125

@LucentWolf @deadly_yank33 according to sony. what features have they shown that the 360 doesnt already do and that the xbox1 isnt going to do? just saying

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@LucentWolf @deadly_yank33 This is the only time you will see me say ps4 here...I only say ps3.5 because that is what it is...sony hasn't announced a next-gen console yet.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@LucentWolf haha please join in on the convo!

all sonybots do is backpedal and hate on the xbox one...but they can never find anything good to praise about their ps3.5

bluefox755
bluefox755

@deadly_yank33 @bluefox755 @somatzu I owned a 360 longer than my ps3, I have no interest in a fanboy argument with you.  I liked PS3 a little more, and lately, I have no interest in giving MS my money.  Sorry if that's not cool with you, lol.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@bluefox755 @deadly_yank33 @somatzu you have no interest in the games I mentioned...please tell me the games you look forward to on the ps3.5...that are not indie titles either.

bluefox755
bluefox755

@deadly_yank33 @bluefox755 @somatzu I have no interest in the games you mentioned, and the dedicated server thing is a buzzword, have you tried X1's dedicated servers? No?  Yet you comment on it anyway.  You also comment on PS4's, like you've tried those as well, bring evidence, not your fanboyism.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@bluefox755 @deadly_yank33 @somatzu 

haha you assume I am buying a xbox one solely for Kinect...did you just try and backpedal and leave out all the games I mentioned earlier...

not to mention again..dedicated servers that the in-debt sony cannot provide...have fun with your indie games and the lagstation network with p2p hosting...and now you get to pay $50 a month for you laggy online service....

Being a rational and logical human being...I would much rather pay $100 more out of a minimum $400 entertainment expense because I will get the best controller and online network along with it.

If you are not buying a xbox one solely because you don't want to pay the extra $100 compared to the ps3.5 then you really need to rethink your budget and finances...

bluefox755
bluefox755

@deadly_yank33 @bluefox755 @somatzu Once again, if you read my original post, I'm not going to pay 100 extra dollars for something that I don't want, that has no games I'm interested in.  Enjoy your dancing games.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@bluefox755 @deadly_yank33 @somatzu really? didn't know you were some sheep that follows what everyone else does....or preorders for that matter...maybe you should add some uniqueness to your character or try something that you thought of for a change...

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@bluefox755 @deadly_yank33 @somatzu if you look 1 or 2 posts down you will see why I am laughing at you right now....have fun with those indie games on ps3.5 and the lagstation network with p2p hosting...haha