Microsoft started rolling out a new update on Thursday that brings some new features to the platform this July 2018. One feature that Xbox players will appreciate is the ability to access games more quickly than in the past.
Xbox One New Updates Makes for Faster Game Starts as They Download
During E3 2018, Microsoft shared a new feature called FastStart, it allows the game to start even when only partially downloaded. This feature may sound familiar to gamers on other platforms such as Playstation 4, which Sony describes as “play as you download”.
The feature is describe by Microsoft as follows:
FastStart works by identifying which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes the download of those files first, enabling you to quickly jump into full-fidelity gameplay while the remainder of your title downloads in the background.
However in a FAQ post, Microsoft share that FastStart is slightly different from “ready to start” function as FastStart does not require “publisher work”. While “ready to start” varies from game to game, FastStart shows more consistency and “no extra work required of developers”.
FastStart will of course require a stable internet connection in order to continue downloading while you play, Microsoft explain that a 20 Mbps is needed in order to have this function properly. The feature is designed to get you into your game faster, not actually increase the download speed.
There are selected titles that will support FastStart:
Xbox One games
- Arcade Game Series: Pac-Man
- Devil May Cry HD Collection
- Don Bradman Cricket 17
- Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition
- Game of Thrones – Episode 1: Iron from Ice
- Magic Duels
- Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – Episode 1
- Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
- Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
- Rivals of Aether
- Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 1: Zer0 Sum
- The Flame in the Flood
- The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
- Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition
- Ys Origin
Xbox 360 games
- Dead Space 2
- Toy Story 3
- Viva Piñata
Original Xbox games
- Destroy All Humans!
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
The update also includes some minor changes including Groups which is available in the Pins section and allows users to organise their game/app library into personalised categories and add them to their dashboard. Those who have multiple Xbox One accounts, this will sync across them all. The search feature also gets a bit of a tweak, a shortcut can now be accessed by pressing the Y button while on the Xbox One dashboard, opening up a search for content. You can also now use full-screen webcam in order to broadcast IRL streams.