Xbox One allows you to play the game as it digitally installs

Tuesday, 16th July 2013 20:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Xbox One will allow you to start playing a game as you download the title digitally. This is according to confirmation on the matter from Microsoft, which was alluded to before during the console’s unveiling in May. Like PS4, Xbox One will allow users to play a certain portion once enough data is downloaded. The same applies to a game disc while the remainder is stored on the hard drive quietly in the background. All disc-based games on Xbox One must be installed to play, Via Polygon.



  1. actuallyisnotafox

    D: wow! …a lot of people are probably gonna say ps4 does this… and to me im surprised they didnt announce this sooner, makes me wonder if they didnt have it in theyre original plan

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Hcw87

    Consoles have never been more similar feature/hardware wise than in this next gen.

    Games will be the only deciding factor for me. Getting both, but will need to stick with one for multiplats.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DeVitowned

    @1 Well…it DOES. :P

    This is a feature I’m glad is being introduced on a mass scale in the next gen.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. melonbuster1

    Ps4 for exclusives because they mostly have 3-5 a year xbox1 for multi platform because of the best online environment.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. MCTJim

    @1 Both makers explained this a while ago. But some things just get lost in the sauce and people tend to forget.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. lexph3re

    The only difference between the 2 now is XBone has a mandatory install for all disc games and PS4 doesn’t have a mandatory install for disc. But kudos for leveling the digital features offerings.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 The mandatory installations were dropped, last I heard.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. The_Red

    I don’t think they changed that. If the system was designed with mandatory installs in mind, removing it would require serious changes to the bus and other primary traffic heavy parts.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. illuminatusv

    They said that straight from the beginning that they would have that feature. All you needed to do was reading the stuff on their XBox Wire blog.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. DrDamn

    I thought/assumed PS4 was having mandatory installs too? That’s the impression I got. Stuff like it starts installing as soon as you put the disc in etc. I want to go digital anyway but I don’t want games for 5GB+ systems designed around supporting optical media. That’s madness isn’t it?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. DrDamn

    I thought it was that it still installs but needs the disc in the drive for validation. :/

    #11 1 year ago
  12. machy

    @10 ps4 is like ps3 some game will install a part into the HD “MGS4 ..etc” for faster loading time reading data from Bluray + HD and with very fast RAM loading time may be history

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DrDamn

    OK thanks for the info.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Phoenixblight


    THe PS4 installs the games but the difference with the PS4 and PS3 is that it will install in the background so no needing to wait x minutes before you can play. SO no more MGS4 and wait 30 mins to install the game in order to play.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. noamlol2

    that feature isn’t EXCLUSIVE to the X1

    and in all matter of facts, halo 2 already did it on PC

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Phoenixblight


    I don’t think anyone here suggested it was. MMOs have been doing this recently over the last year or 2.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Professor Zoom

    This is stupid. Why should anyone make that when you have to get the disc in even when installed? Why can’t those amateurs finally just fix a console that doesn’t make noise and freeze 24 hours a day and so you don’t have to buy another 250 gb hard drive just to install every single game on it? Another reason to shun Microsoft.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Tyrantsoul

    Nice to see this being the standard for the up coming gen.Means more game time for both PS4 and Xbox players.And that’s always a good thing.

    #18 1 year ago

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