Xbox One can play digital titles mid-download


Xbox One can play games while they're still downloading to the system, too. Microsoft confirmed to Polygon that, much like PS4, its console can get gamers into the action by loading the necessary files for early gameplay first.

Microsoft already confirmed physical games could be played while installing from the disc (which is good, since you have to install them), but this announcement brings its quick-play options into closer parity with PS4.

Do you think the ability to play before your download completes will affect whether you buy games physically or digitally?

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  • yasmarc - July 18, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    Even though all my PC games but a couple are digital I still like physical media. They can shut down servers, go out of business, etc. but they can't delete my f**king sweet N64/Genesis cartridges! Oh and I actually own those cartridges/discs. I'm not renting them from the company through licenses. P.S. Trade ins and lending to friends.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - July 16, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    I've been getting an increasing number of my games from Games on Demand, so yes, this will further lead me to go all digital.
  • CrKnight - July 16, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    I fully intend on going all digital with my Xbox One as long as the library is available. So being able to play mid download is a definite bonus.
  • CUFCfan616 - July 16, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    I'll buy online if online stores stop price gouging Australia. Mind you I'll be getting a PS Plus account for my PS4 so will probably end up downloading something at some point
  • evildog51 - July 16, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    No lol , but still a valid point for others that comment about it
  • bert-george - July 16, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    I was already planning on doing all digital with Xbox One so this is just an added bonus.
  • BladedFalcon - July 16, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    Well, even then, it IS a bonus to be able to play a game within say, 30 minutes of having downloaded it, as opposed to playing it 6 hours later :P I mean, it's not a HUGE deal, but it's definitely an improvement, and nice for both consoles to have it.
  • tehtimeisnow - July 16, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    ha ah take that sony! this just anoter reason y xobx one is superier
  • el_kazzanova - July 16, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    ...dude you are not helping...
  • BladedFalcon - July 16, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    Heh, people still fall for it XD
  • wiitard07 - July 16, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    I haven't seen give in forever... Is this some kind of triumphant return? XD
  • evildog51 - July 16, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    ummmm not exactly sure how you worked that out from this as Sony has the exact same thing for the digital download. So for this they are basically on par
  • BladedFalcon - July 16, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    ...You do realize you just got punk'd, right?

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