As games become bigger and digital becomes more prevalent, the notion of pre-loading becomes less of a want but more of a necessity. Even with the ability to download before a game’s launch, some games are so large that gamers with a slow internet connection may not be able to play the game on launch day.
Before today, Xbox Game Pass didn’t support the option to pre-load titles that would be added to the subscription service on launch. Thankfully, Xbox have quickly remedied this and upcoming games that launch on the service will have the option to be downloaded beforehand.
The news was announced by Xbox’s Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra on Twitter. “One of the biggest asks we’ve had for Xbox Game Pass was to allow pre-load so you can download and be ready the second launch happens,” he said. He was right.
One of the biggest asks we’ve had for @XboxGamePass was to allow pre-load (pre-install) so you can download and be ready the second launch happens. It’s available now – and starts with Crackdown 3 on Xbox and Windows. ????
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) November 13, 2018
With the addition of pre-loading to Game Pass, everyone will be able to enjoy amazing first-party content from Microsoft on day one. It’s better for everyone.