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Xbox One has digital feature to match PS4

A lot of PS4 fans are very happy about the ability to play digital titles as they are downloading, but we are here to remind you that the Xbox One is also going to have this ability as well. As perhaps another piece of evidence suggesting that Microsoft didn’t do a good enough job in getting the features of Xbox One across enough, we can confirm that the console will also allow you to play digital titles after only installing a portion of the game.

While some of you may be aware of this, we are guessing that the majority of you presumed that this was going to be a feature exclusive to the PS4. A Microsoft representative has confirmed this as a fact when speaking to Polygon and it is great news for prospective Xbox One owners who plan to spend the bulk of their gaming sessions playing digital titles.

Now, it means you will be able to download a title from Xbox Live install a portion of that game and then begin playing straight away. No more waiting for that massive 2GB game to finish before playing and it is going to make a lot of consumers happy. The same process will also apply to disc-based Xbox One games.

It’s true that you’ll need to install every Xbox One disc to the hard drive as a mandatory feature, but we now know that you’ll be able to play disc games almost straight away when only a portion of the game’s files have been transferred to the hard drive. It should make your next-gen sessions a lot more pleasurable than it is at the moment on Xbox 360 and PS3 – and it’s great that we now have this confirmation of this instant digital feature now working on Xbox One too, along with PS4.

Apologies if you already knew this, but just a friendly reminder for those that didn’t know it was on Xbox One also. What are your thoughts on this?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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