Xbox One finally gets digital pre-order capabilities, limited selection leaves room for improvement

Earlier today, Microsoft took to the stage in Germany at the Gamescom event to announce a plethora of new features coming to the Xbox One. Along with new bundles, a game featuring a goat, and other updates, one of the new items announced is the ability to pre-order digital games.

The feature is quite simple to use: You give Microsoft access to charge your debit/credit card the day the game becomes available and it will automatically download the game for you. Thus, there is no need to drive to your local game store and obtain the disc to play the game the moment it is released or to manually select the game from a menu and wait for it to download. Unfortunately it's not as good as it seems... yet.

Right now, the only games that have been announced to support the feature are Forza Horizon and FIFA 15 but the company did say that others will be available in the future. Yesterday, it was announced that those who pre-order the new Call of Duty game, they will get access 24 hrs early but so far, you can only pre-order physical copies of the game. You can bet that many will be watching closely to see if Microsoft will bring the feature to this highly anticipated game.

Even though we had hoped for more titles to be included in the program from the start, the fact that this capability is now available is a good sign for Xbox One gamers who have been asking for the feature since the console was released.

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Don't get this - how is it pre-order if you can't also pre-pay.
Just makes things difficult if you have to remember to keep the money free.

londan said,
Don't get this - how is it pre-order if you can't also pre-pay.
Just makes things difficult if you have to remember to keep the money free.
They might be reserving the funds but not committing the transaction until the game is available.

Same as with Amazon...they don't charge you until the item is shipped. You can Pre-Order the game, but you don't get billed until game gets shipped. Yes you get billed the day before when they ship it so you can have it on the day of release, but it is still just about the same logic and process.

You can bet that many will be watching closely to see if Microsoft will bring the feature to this highly anticipated game.

What makes you think it's up to Microsoft? The feature is there for any game to use, surely it's the publisher to "bring this feature" to their game..?!

TCLN Ryster said,

What makes you think it's up to Microsoft? The feature is there for any game to use, surely it's the publisher to "bring this feature" to their game..?!

Yeah, I think it's down to publisher as well, we'll see how quick they jump in on this as it's for digital copies, so it's in their interest to push this as an advantage of disc IMO.