XBox 720 to Support Streaming Digital Downloads
Apr
13

XBox 720 to Support Streaming Digital Downloads

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Gaming News on Good e-Reader? Well, normally we never report on consoles or gaming apps, but we can’t help it when we have some juicy news. A confirmed source has informed us about the upcoming plans regarding XBox’s digital download distribution service.

One of the big aspects of the next generation of hardware is that the consoles will have expanded support for digital downloads. One of the ways Microsoft’s XBox team is refining the next generation will be allowing players to run games as the game is downloading. Normally, when you download a game on the existing generation of consoles, or even Steam, you can’t play the game until its fully downloaded. The Xbox 720 will let you play the game, as long as you meet a certain data threshold. If you are downloading a AAA title, and it is around 10 GB of data, and you will be able to start playing the game once you hit a 2GB limit.

This gravitation towards enhanced digital downloads will obviously give a emphasis on phasing out companies like Gamestop. It will also put a spotlight on indie titles that normally don’t get much attention with so many games on DVD right now. One of the major drawbacks will be for people who live in rural areas and have shabby satellite internet connections, or even dial up.

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  • rahstar

    Sony already announced this, how is Microsoft the ones refining things again?

  • Russell Gorall

    So, this is the same as Sony’s announcement in February?

  • Rimini

    Sounds better than Sony’s GaiKai thing, because on this you’ll still get the data locally in the background so you can replay it later wirhout a connection. MS had streaming tech ages before Sony bought GaiKai, which really is always online crap.

  • Jason

    It sure does. Gaikai is the real “Always-Online DRM” crap that nobody wants. This is lots better as it will still download the data and have no input lag as it still computes locally.
    Streaming on the 360 already exists, but only for music and video and true Halo2Vista had this tech on disc long ago so it’s only a natural evolution for MS and they fortunately didn’t have to buy a bankrupt company to get the tech.

  • NicoLM

    This has nothing to do with Gaikai. Ps4 does have the same system allowing you to start playing before download is finished.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    Well this is the 1st time its confirmed microsoft is doing the same thing

  • mk

    Sony already said the ps4 will do this and they were not referring to Gaiki either. They were talking about general psn store game downloads doing this very same thing.

  • Optomist

    PC RULEZZ!!!!!

  • Krepler

    Wrong. Since when has information leaked from a “source” ever been considered to be confirmed?I don’t doubt that MS will be implementing a similar function as Sony’s, don’t get me wrong, but you can state this as confirmed news when MS hasn’t gone public with it, plain and simple.

  • extermin8or2

    they do go watch febs announcement press conference…

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    ok, well many people in the games industry have access to both the ps4 and whatever the xbox 720 will be called when they are testing code and working on games. when the entire senior coding team is told to adhere to new guidelines, i guess its just a rumor.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    ok, well many people in the games industry have access to both the ps4 and whatever the xbox 720 will be called when they are testing code and working on games. when the entire senior coding team is told to adhere to new guidelines, i guess its just a rumor.