A look into the new game installation solution coming to Xbox according to Jason Ronald of Team Xbox. It will not only cut down the install times of the parts of a game you want to play, but also help you manage your storage space.
You Decide the Download
Games are getting big. We have seen it with the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty Warzone. Games that come in around 100 or more GBs of space. But according to reports and news from a recent Podcast, it seems Team Xbox at Microsoft has a plan to help with that. A method that will let you decide if you want download the Single Player or Multiplayer part of a game, instead of the entire thing. It’s set to be an awesome new Xbox feature.
“Even beyond the hardware, we’ve actually made user interface improvements to make it easier for you to manage your storage. As an example, one of the new features that we’re adding is actually for if a title chooses to support it.”, Jason Ronald, the Director of Program Management at Xbox, said. He then continued, “…The ability to selectively uninstall different components of the game. So, let’s say you play a campaign as an example, and then you want to focus exclusively on multiplayer. If the developer chose to support it, you can actually uninstall the campaign itself so that you can be more in control of how you’re actually using your storage, so that you really get the most benefit out of the available storage that you have.” Ronald shared this on Episode 717 of Major Nelson’s official Xbox Podcast.
A Literal Game Changer
Believe it or not, Xbox and Microsoft did this feature once before. If you played Crackdown 3 via purchase or Game Pass, you may have noticed you could download the multiplayer and single player components together or separately. Crackdown 3 was not a large game by any means, but it was a handy feature to have given the players. If this goes live and the development community embraces it at large, this could be another win for Xbox gamers, whether they play on the Series X or Series S.
We have to admit it, we love choice. We do not like being forced to do things. This is Xbox putting not only more choice in our hands, but also the ability to better manage our storage. Something that will be a true game changer and a win for players of both next-gen consoles. This could be especially handy for those on the Xbox Series S, the more affordable console of the upcoming generation. With only 512 GB’s of storage on hand, this gives Series S owners the opportunity to not flood their SSD with parts of games they usually wouldn’t play. They would instead be able to choose what they enjoy and actively play on it.
Microsoft keeps hitting us with more Xbox features and updates on the Series X/S leading up to the November 10th launch. All of which are getting us excited for next month. We’ll have to see what else they throw at us. If this is a sign of anything, they want to make the Xbox the best place to play, and that is very exciting.