Xbox One digital games store goes live ahead of US launch

Ahead of the U.S. launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has now turned on the web-based digital game store for its next-generation game console. This will allow folks who have pre-ordered their Xbox One to purchase digital versions of their games ahead of time so that when they hook up the console and connect to the Internet, they can start downloading their games without having to purchase them from the console interface first.

The Xbox One digital game store shows that the downloadable game "Angry Birds Star Wars" will be a launch title for the Xbox One, bringing the total numbers of launch games to 22. In addition, the store features Xbox Fitness, the subscription-base exercise video service which is offered free for the next year to any Xbox One owner who has an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Finally, the store has two digital deluxe versions of Xbox One launch titles. One is "Dead Rising 3: Day One Premium Edition." Priced at $89.99, this version of the game also contains the Dead Rising 3 Season Pass, which gives access to future DLC content, along with the exclusive Los Perdidos Tourist outfit. Also in the store is "Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition," which is priced at $119.99. It contains the regular game, the Season Pass of four future DLC packs, plus the Team Leader digital content pack that adds "a unique MP character head, weapon camo, reticle, player patch, player card and player background."

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Please continue the petty bickering Which way to get the game is the fastest, that is a ridicules fight. It is like killing someone for their shoes. The only thing I wish is that pirates would stand up and defend what they do. I steel games and that's why I need discs.

31gig is about 3 hours download a 24mbits. It is probably faster to go at a store, but then you'll have to talk to a gaming store clerk.. Witch lower your IQ.. lol jokes but true where I live ...

released in AU but store isn't -_- only accessible via the console lol

Hmm seems to wortk changing the link but no direct link on the home page to it

Here in Sweden I have 100+Mb/s and even with this speed, ookla speedtest rates my connection as an A-, since most people here have even faster speeds. So 30gb wont take more then a few minutes.

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Nice catch.

ramonsjc said,
Eh I lived with 2.2Mbps for 3 years 6 is fine.

Still on 3mbps.. Have been since about 2003. That's in both the UK and Australia. I always seem to be stuck with that speed. And it sucks righteously.

ZipZapRap said,
Still on 3mbps.. Have been since about 2003. That's in both the UK and Australia. I always seem to be stuck with that speed. And it sucks righteously.

Damn, I feel for you man. I used to be stuck with a 1.5Mbps connection. I could never ever go back these days though, being at 40Mbps.

I've made a few posts about my <1mbps broadband, but I have now found out fibre is coming to my area with speeds upto 72mbps. Apparently.

So January I am switching to that and it can't come sooner enough. Then I will be able to go all digital.

Enron said,
Nice, so I can get Forza without having to go to the store. This is the way it should be.

It'll probably be a lot faster to go to the store to get it unless you live out in the middle of nowhere.

It would also be nice if they had kept the digital trading options in place instead of being little babies about it and taking that back.

That said I'm going to buy Forza as downloadable. I don't plan on selling it so might as well have it be conveniently on my HDD. Most games I do buy will probably be on disc for selling, lending, and trading purposes.

Pretty much every other launch title I would get on disc if I was going to buy any other one.

It's only 31 gb. That doesn't take long to download unless you live out in the middle of nowhere. Besides, once I have the Xbox One hooked up, couldn't I purchase a game while I'm at work and have it download before I get home?

Enron said,
It's only 31 gb. That doesn't take long to download unless you live out in the middle of nowhere. Besides, once I have the Xbox One hooked up, couldn't I purchase a game while I'm at work and have it download before I get home?

Where do you live that 31GB downloads quickly? I have a 50Mbps connection and that is FAST by most United States standards. Assuming the download completely pegs my connection it will take 85 minutes to download. Comcast's more standard package that gets bundled with their triple play is 25Mbps. That would take 170 minutes to download, almost 3 hours.

And you want to talk about the United States average? 8.6Mbps or 1.075MBps.

That 31.25 GB = 32000 MB will take you 29767 seconds to download. 29,767 seconds is 496 minutes. 496 minutes is over 8 hours.

It takes the average person living in the United States way less than 8 hours to go to the store and back. Even on bike. Heck, even on foot it would take less than 8 hours to go to the store and back. Probably 30 minutes on foot for me.

Mr.XXIV said,
Yea, many of us have really fast internet in America.

Most of us don't. My 50Mbps is faster than most in America. I could still easily more quickly go to the store and back on foot before it would finish downloading.

mrp04 said,

Where do you live that 31GB downloads quickly? I have a 50Mbps connection and that is FAST by most United States standards. Assuming the download completely pegs my connection it will take 85 minutes to download. Comcast's more standard package that gets bundled with their triple play is 25Mbps. That would take 170 minutes to download, almost 3 hours.

And you want to talk about the United States average? 8.6Mbps or 1.075MBps.

That 31.25 GB = 32000 MB will take you 29767 seconds to download. 29,767 seconds is 496 minutes. 496 minutes is over 8 hours.

It takes the average person living in the United States way less than 8 hours to go to the store and back. Even on bike. Heck, even on foot it would take less than 8 hours to go to the store and back. Probably 30 minutes on foot for me.

Except you don't have to download the entire thing to start playing is what people are saying.

mrp04 said,

Most of us don't. My 50Mbps is faster than most in America. I could still easily more quickly go to the store and back on foot before it would finish downloading.

I have 100Mbps in America. And if I move to New York, I'll probably go for 500Mpbs.

mrp04 said,

Where do you live that 31GB downloads quickly? I have a 50Mbps connection and that is FAST by most United States standards. Assuming the download completely pegs my connection it will take 85 minutes to download. Comcast's more standard package that gets bundled with their triple play is 25Mbps. That would take 170 minutes to download, almost 3 hours.

And you want to talk about the United States average? 8.6Mbps or 1.075MBps.

That 31.25 GB = 32000 MB will take you 29767 seconds to download. 29,767 seconds is 496 minutes. 496 minutes is over 8 hours.

It takes the average person living in the United States way less than 8 hours to go to the store and back. Even on bike. Heck, even on foot it would take less than 8 hours to go to the store and back. Probably 30 minutes on foot for me.

Does it have to download the entire game before you can play?

I can download it in about the same time as you. Yes that's a fast connection and it's faster than going to the store for me. If you bought the disc, don't you have to install it too? That adds time. Plus, Gamestop is full of thugs waiting to mug you in the parking lot for your games.

Enron said,
Nice, so I can get Forza without having to go to the store. This is the way it should be.

And you never have to get up to switch your game either! I may just go digital only this gen.

scorp508 said,

Except you don't have to download the entire thing to start playing is what people are saying.

And that will work well for some games and not so well for others.

Say it takes 30 minutes to go to the store and back. In 30 minutes the average household in America would be able to download just 1935MB, or 6.05% of Forza 5. Is that enough to start the game?

Mr.XXIV said,
Dude, if you can get an Xbox or PS4, you can get fast internet.

What is fast according to you? I'd say 50Mbps is fast compared to the rest of the United States. Speedtest.net says my connection (which is somehow hitting 59Mbps right now) is faster than 92% of the US.

And no, the statement is COMPLETELY FALSE. The fastest internet package in my area that is anywhere reasonably priced is Comcast's 50Mbps package. The next fastest package is their 100Mbps package and costs over $100/month.

In Los Angeles Time Warner wants $50/month for 15Mbps.

Some unfortunate places get a couple megabits. Others aren't even serviced at all by wired broadband and have to get cellular or satellite internet with 30GB monthly data caps.

Enron said,
It's only 31 gb. That doesn't take long to download unless you live out in the middle of nowhere. Besides, once I have the Xbox One hooked up, couldn't I purchase a game while I'm at work and have it download before I get home?

We all know, dude. I work with Optimum Online's 100Mbps in Connecticut and Time Warner's 50Mbps in North Carolina. I'm aware of the prices. Be lucky you're not on AT&T.

I never get capped. lol

Mr.XXIV said,
We all know, dude. I work with Optimum Online's 100Mbps in Connecticut and Time Warner's 50Mbps in North Carolina. I'm aware of the prices. Be lucky you're not on AT&T.

I never get capped. lol

And Optimum's 101Mbps connection looks like it costs $100/month, more than most people are willing to pay for internet. And it is STILL SLOWER than going to the store. Jeez what is with you people on this site?

Jose_49 said,

It does take a while for 95% or more of the people in the US. This guy is just deluded.

mrp04 said,

And Optimum's 101Mbps connection looks like it costs $100/month, more than most people are willing to pay for internet. And it is STILL SLOWER than going to the store. Jeez what is with you people on this site?

It does take a while for 95% or more of the people in the US. This guy is just deluded.

I downloaded 22GB of Gundam 00 Season 1 & 2 in 45 minutes.

You're seriously doubting digital downloads from there?

Mr.XXIV said,

I downloaded 22GB of Gundam 00 Season 1 & 2 in 45 minutes.

You're seriously doubting digital downloads from there?

And are you seriously arguing that it isn't faster to go to the store to pick up a 31.25GB disc (or 47GB for RYSE) for 95%+ of the people living in the United States?

To download 31.25GB in 30 minutes you need a 142.22 Mbps connection. How many people have something like that?

I never said digital downloads won't work, I just said it's still faster to go to the store. And if you have a fast internet connection or are willing to wait then yeah they're totally feasible. In fact I will be downloading Forza for the convenience of having it on my hard drive. No need to argue with everyone about everything. Aren't you the guy who was trying to convince everyone that your mac was worth 50% more than it really was earlier today in the forums?

I doubt that there is a large percentage of people who could start playing a game faster by a digital download than by running to a store and buying the disc.

On the other hand, a lot of people have other responsibilities and commitments, and if they had to run to a store and buy a disc, they might not get around to it right away. For example, I might stop at Best Buy after work while picking up takeout food. That's no different than just starting the download before I leave for work, because either way, I get to play that night

I used to always like discs for PC games, but now, the vast majority of my purchases are digital downloads, even for large games.

mnl1121 said,
digital only this gen.

That's my plan.
Installing DR3 digitally now
100Mbit fiber in Saskatchewan, Canada.
First feedback, update is cached to edge servers, games not yet.
They are slow from source.
not realizing my full connection speed.
Expect whoever buys digitally in my neck of the woods tomorrow will be happy.

At 44% it let me start playing

mrp04 said,

And that will work well for some games and not so well for others.

I bought digital editions of Forza Motorsport 5 and the Digital Hardened edition of Ghosts. Forza got to roughly 20% installed before it was playable and Ghosts I missed when it flipped to 'ready to play'. When I looked at 40% installed it wasn't playable and when I looked again at 65% installed it was playable.

Ghosts is ~35GB installed (Less than the 55GB size the online store shows) and Forza is something like ~25GB if I remember right.