A gift from the gods to physical owners.
With a new generation of consoles comes a lot of new technology. While most are always about the power and graphics and what have you, despite the fact that those things largely don’t matter as much as many believe they do, it’s generally the smaller things that can make the biggest impression. And there’s one feature that’s confirmed to be coming to the Xbox Series consoles that, I imagine, many physical users have been wanting on for a long time.
As detailed via Twitter user and streamer Jerko Cilas via The Lords of Gaming, you can now install the data for any game that you want, even if you don’t own it. If you’re a digital-only user, that’s probably not a huge deal, since digital pre-loads have become standard, but for those who are still buying discs, it’s something of a godsend, because it means you can pre-load the full game and any updates before getting the disc. It does have its use for digital as well, though, as you can download titles that you know will be on Game Pass or Games with Gold before they go live, which means you don’t have to wait to download.
As of now, this feature has only been confirmed to be coming to the Xbox Series X and Series S, for which pre-orders are live now, and is only accessible through the Xbox Beta Android app at current. Whether this will also be available on Sony’s PS5 remains to be seen, though fingers crossed it will.
Here's proof that I didn't preorder Valhalla, but I can install it through the new Xbox preload functionality. For now, you need Xbox (beta) Android app to initiate the download. Now I can either purchase a 💿 version or the digital one. Either way, the game will be ready. https://t.co/1QR52YWsub pic.twitter.com/TgmO3rfUBk
— Jerko Cilas 🐧 (@DarthChillash) September 23, 2020