A Microsoft representative has confirmed to the Polygon that Xbox One users will be able to play games whilst they're still downloading to the console. Back when the Xbox One was first announced in May, Microsoft revealed that users would be able to play disc-based games while they're installing to the hard drive. It's thought that this feature was introduced to counter any potential backlash from the 'disc-based titles must be installed' rule.
A statement on Tuesday read: "Consumers will be able to sign on to any Xbox One console and have access to all their digital games. Once the required data - a fraction of the entire game - is on their hard drive, they can jump into the action while the rest of the game finishes downloading in the background."
You've heard this all before, you say? That's correct. When Sony first announced the PlayStation 4, one of the main features showcased was play-as-you-download. Little over a week ago, Sony confirmed that PS4 owner's entire digital library would be accessible by logging into any console. By all accounts, it appears Microsoft have adopted a 'me-too' attitude towards the next-generation console race as the differences between the two consoles become less and less.
One of the first promotional video published by Sony, showcased aspects of the PlayStation 4 interface. For example, the user can choose to download either the single player campaign or online multiplayer first. Furthermore, this can be done directly from the console, or a supported smartphone or tablet. Below you can find the promotional video released by Sony:
As PlayStation 3 users already know, such technology is already in use. The recent game 'The Last of Us' allowed the user to play the action-adventure game after downloading a minute proportion of the full game; as the background download continued to download the many gigabytes of data.
Nevertheless, this news is great for customers who have already pre-ordered the Xbox One. With last minute features and a fair few months before launch, it appears Microsoft is slowly regaining lost territory after the mighty battle for next-generation superiority. Is Microsoft playing the 'me-too' game with Sony, or was this their plan all along? Let us know in the comments below.