'Day One' update for Xbox One will take 15-20 minutes to download

If you are lucky enough to get an Xbox One console on the day it is officially released on November 22nd, you will also have to download a update before you can start using the device to play games. But just how big will that 'Day One' update?

In IGN's latest update to its ongoing "Ask Microsoft Anything" Q&A, Microsoft's Xbox One Chief Platform Architect Marc Whitten was asked about the file size of the Day One update and how long it will take to install. Whitten stated;

We are optimizing Xbox One so that the day one update is as fast as possible. While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users.

That's still going to be a rather lengthy amount of download time and it suggests that the Day One patch will be quite large. It's going to be an interesting test of Microsoft's servers as all those new buyers of the Xbox One download the update at around the same time.

Whitten also indicated that, just like the Xbox 360, Microsoft will update the Xbox One's dashboard once or twice a year following the launch, stating, " ... we will continue to learn from what customers want and love to iterate on the best dashboard experience." Whitten was noncommittal in terms of the Xbox One getting its own Twitter and Facebook apps, stating, "While I can’t comment on the specifics of these two partners right now, at launch you will be able to access Twitter and Facebook through the Internet Explorer web browser on Xbox One at launch."

Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft

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Personally,
I think that's ridiculous as all hell, no matter what speed you have! A brand new gaming system, not even released yet, and they're putting out an update for it already that they're anticipating will take that long? Anyone here that says 15-20 isn't that long, which really it isn't, is flat out lying! If a Windows update was to take that long, such as .Net crap, which you quite often hear people complaining about, then this 15-20 minutes is a long time also.

No wonder I've never wanted anything to do with XBox!!

Spicoli said,
You're not serious are you?

Are you justifying a zero day bug?. (or more specifically, a minus "x" day bug) sheesh.

cork1958 said,
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And here ladies and gentleman is the very definition of a clueless person.

In order to have enough inventory to sell at launch, the factories have already started production of the console. Probably weeks ago in fact. Do you think that development of the software should just stop at that point and only start again after the console is released? No, of course not.

Microsoft are continuing to develop the software in the 2-3 months between the console going to manufacturing and release. This is not unusual. Why should they waste those 2-3 months?

I'm betting the PS4 will be no different, although Sony have a habit of tuning their announcements to take advantage of the perceived "negatives" of the Xbox One, so I'd hardly expect them to come out and admit it at this point. Don't forget that the rumour goes that Sony planned to include the camera in the PS4 box at one stage, and then changed their minds once they heard Microsoft were doing the same and had announced their pricing.

Jaxkesa said,
What's so bad about waiting 20 minutes? You could just read the manual, check on your PS4 pre-order or something..

Anyone who pre-ordered a PS4 would have already had it for a week before they would ever start this update.

Lord Method Man said,

Anyone who pre-ordered a PS4 would have already had it for a week before they would ever start this update.

In the US perhaps... here, PS4 is out a week later than Xbox One

20 mins! Cry me a river...

Well, What if you don't connect it to the ehh... Internets? After all, wasn't that silly requirement removed? :-p

There was not a removal of a connected requirement. There was a removal of the game sharing features designed around a 24 hour check-in. Hopefully they'll have a an option to turn off "whiny old fart/Gamestop viral marketing mode" so we can use it again.

Spicoli said,
There was not a removal of a connected requirement. There was a removal of the game sharing features designed around a 24 hour check-in. Hopefully they'll have a an option to turn off "whiny old fart/Gamestop viral marketing mode" so we can use it again.

Emmm... http://ie.ign.com/articles/201...internet-used-game-policies

I understand from this article and many others around that XB1 will not require an always-on Internet connection.

Also: http://ie.ign.com/articles/2013/08/13/xbox-one-then-and-now

Edited by pmdci, Oct 1 2013, 1:39pm :

pmdci said,

Emmm... http://ie.ign.com/articles/201...internet-used-game-policies

I understand from this article and many others around that XB1 will not require an always-on Internet connection.

Also: http://ie.ign.com/articles/2013/08/13/xbox-one-then-and-now

It never did. It required a 24 hour checkout cycle so you could share your license with other people. Without that you could constantly be sharing it and they would just have to pull the connection until they're done playing it. There would be pirate web sites where you could buy a share. With the 24 hour thing, that's not really practical. Gamestop of course ran their viral marketing campaign because this kind of licensing kills their antiqued disk based business model.

Damn if you do, damn if you don't.

Consumers get upset that an update takes 15 to 20 minutes to download - the Internet goes wild.

MS provide a heads up that there will be a 15 - 20 minute update - the Internet goes wild.

It is like Batfleck all over again! LOL

we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users.

Two very vague keywords used in there... I'll take this with a brick of salt.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I sense delays and problems similar to the issues with the iOS 7 update.

I predict a lot of drama. And i don't think that it will be only 20 minutes. 20 minutes sounds like an euphemism of "long time / unable to connect" problems.

Its really annoying when they do not tell you specifics, the time is variable depending on your network speed so why not just show the file size??

Same with windows update, why not show the download rate??

Considering there were new studies released in the last few weeks about average internet speeds across the U S of A, extrapolate and you can guestimate quite easily. they say the average American still has ~2Mbit connection.

Being in Canada, I have 100Mbit, so this 15-20 mins will be ~1Min if content is cached to Akamai by then.

15-20 mins? So what. No big deal. I likely wont even take my pre-order out the box. Its heading straight to eBay in hopes it gets up to double what I paid. Or buy now for $1000...lol

12-20mins to wait for a box you are going to have for 5+ years is no big deal.

What all the crazy lunatics here aren't considering is this. After the Xbox One was officially announced, which likely means it was already in production, Microsoft likely has millions of units already to ship. So they were not able to apply the update, which I am sure has something to do with all the changes they made afterwards.

Anyone who would complain about 20 mins of time is simply stupid. Even if I did it. I am sure you can find something creative to do? Unless you don't have a wife or girlfriend, which you likely would have if you too 15-20mins from your console schedule and come out the basement and meet real people.

Who cares about the update. In 20 mins you can go have a drink, go make love, go walk the dog, read the manual which you normally don't. Surf the web on your PC, or play with some other gadget. Play your other Xbox. I mean come on! 15-20 mns? Go fix something to eat instead of slamming cold cut sandwiches all day. I mean, I am sure there is a way to past the time without it being such a big deal.

If they didn't update you'd complain about that. I have never seen such a bunch of crybabies as the ones I see who come here. You guys really need a frikkin life. Plug the box in, start the update and go outside and take a walk, wash the car, walk the dog or something. I mean for the love of humanity stop complaining about the most pettish BS in the world.

I cant believe there are people trying to guess how big the update is. Really? Who cares how big it is. Before you use the thing you need to update it. Who cares if it took all day? If your connection sucks that bad, then plan to go to someone else's place and do it. I mean, use your head for more than a hat rack.

All that should matter is, the update complete, it updates the box and afterwards it works like it is suppose too. Do you complain about the 15 to 20min it takes for your iPad to update to iOS7? Because it took my iPad 3 about that amount of time. I mean really?

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