You Can Play Games as You Download Them on Xbox One

Microsoft has recently confirmed that, just like Sony's PlayStation 4, the Xbox One will have the capability to play games after they've downloaded a certain number.

According to Polygon, the Xbox One was already revealed to be able to play games as they're installing. However, it was never stated whether or not this would include Xbox One games that were being downloaded.

Considering that Microsoft's original approach with the Xbox One and its online capabilities were to leave behind discs, steps like this are exactly what the company needs to take in order to wean console users off  physical media.

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  • nevilence
    I will always want the option of physical media, my preference there, but the ability to play games as you download them is always a good thing, much like wow or rift (dont know of others but I am sure they exist)
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  • mister g
    This reminds me of the installation of Halo 2 on PC. I could start playing after the initial files were installed, no need to wait for the full game to finish installing. I forget what it was called but it was the only game I've ever seen be able to do that. I guess Microsoft finally made it work on the Xbox One.
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  • stevejnb
    Anonymous said:
    I will always want the option of physical media, my preference there, but the ability to play games as you download them is always a good thing, much like wow or rift (dont know of others but I am sure they exist)


    While I do entirely agree to you, I know a lot of people who play 90% of their games through Steam. When you reach that point, you really could get by without physical media... For me, I have a collection of hundreds of games dating back to the mid 80's and I will almost always opt for physical copies if given the choice.

    I also ask you... Before you - not you personally, nevilence - take the stance of "No physical media, no platform"... Not only should you consider how much you use Steam or similar services (heh) for gaming, but also, what are you going to do ten years from now when physical media is not the primary way in which games are purchased and played? This is the future, and likely the not-too distant figure. Get ready.
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