Xbox is adding an exciting new feature that will make downloading game updates easier

Microsoft is testing a new feature that will let you pre-download Xbox game updates days before they're live, allowing for uninterrupted gaming.

Xbox is adding an exciting new feature that will make downloading game updates easier
Tom West

Tom West


Xbox Insiders are currently testing a new feature for pre-downloading Xbox game updates, which allows you to download a game's update days before it goes live so you can play immediately on day one.

Microsoft tests Xbox game update pre-downloading

pre-download Xbox game updates

I'm sure we've all had times when we've gone to boot up something like Call of Duty or The Elder Scrolls Online only to be faced with a hefty update that leaves us twiddling our thumbs until it's downloaded. Well, it seems Microsoft is attempting to help players navigate this particular hurdle by introducing a new feature that lets you pre-download the updates ahead of time.

Xbox Insiders are currently testing 'Update Pre-Downloads,' which allows Xbox game updates to be pre-downloaded "days before they're scheduled to release, so you can jump in and start playing right when the update goes live." Developers will need to opt in to offer update pre-downloads, so it will likely only be available for some games in your library. Hopefully, it's something developers will see potential in once it's available to all players.

We don't know when it will roll out to everyone on Xbox, as Insiders have only just got the feature for testing — the first game to use it is Sea of Thieves — but hopefully, it won't be too long.

Microsoft has been rolling out a host of features to the Insider program in recent months, such as adding new handheld-style modifications for the Xbox PC app's Compact Mode.
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with a number of systems until he eventually fell in love with Xbox. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not hunting for Xbox achievements, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online or fighting for survival in Battlefield.
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