Update: Xbox One owners won't be able to pre-load digital version of Titanfall after all

Update: Microsoft has now admitted that the digital version of Titanfall for the Xbox One won't be available for pre-purchase or pre-loading after all. In a statement to Polygon, the company said, "The pre-purchase offer page was posted in error. We apologize for any confusion."

Original story: Titanfall is certainly one of the most highly anticipated games for Microsoft's new Xbox One console and today the company has revealed that people who buy the digital version of the multiplayer sci-fi first-person shooter can pre-load the game ahead of its launch on March 11th.

The reveal was made quietly on the Xbox.com website, which will allow Xbox One owners to pre-order the digital version of Titanfall for $59.99 at some point. The pre-loading of the game from developer Respawn Entertainment will happen later, but it will be allowed sometime before March 11th at 12:01 am Pacific Time. That's when the rest of the game will be unlocked and playable.

While users of Valve's Steam service are familiar with the concept of pre-loading a game's digital files before it is unlocked and released, this is the first time such a method has been done for any Xbox game. By the way, the actual file size for Titanfall will be 15.88GB.

Microsoft and Respawn successfully concluded an open beta test of Titanfall earlier this week for the Xbox One and PC versions and overall the impressions seem very favorable. Hopefully the full game will match its already high expectations. The Xbox 360 version will be released two weeks later on March 25th.

Source: Xbox via Polygon | Image via Respawn

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I was just complaining to the Microsoft TAM at my organization the other day about lack of digital pre-purchase.

Glad to see this happening.

Next step, make Gamestop (and other retailers) sell digital download codes for games.

deadonthefloor said,
I was just complaining to the Microsoft TAM at my organization the other day about lack of digital pre-purchase.

Glad to see this happening.

Next step, make Gamestop (and other retailers) sell digital download codes for games.


Some do this already. For one, Amazon does it.

I haven't done this on the Xbox 360 for awhile, since I let my sub expire, but doesn't Xbox do stuff like this already? I thought they did. I know PS3 and PS4 do it. I know with PS3 and PS4, their PSN Plus program gives you full free games. I thought Xbox Live Gold does this.

VictorWho said,
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Yes games with gold gives you two legacy titles per month.

I cannot yet go to my local EBGames (Canadian Gamestop) and get a code for any of the XB1 titles. I can only buy discs. This is what has to change.

GameStop DOES do this - at least for PC games - now. (My two purchases from GameStop were full downloads; however, I didn't treat them that way. In fact, even with a full purchase, you don't HAVE to download and install the full content - instead, you can take the unlock code (included with the purchase) to the service by which the game is delivered/unlocked, plug it in, and away you go. Do you really think that GameStop is going to have more delivery bandwidth than either Origin or Steam? To the poster that says that digital games delivered through Steam are always the same price as their retail counterparts, that certainly is NOT the case - not even through GameStop. If anything, especially not through GameStop, which has run specific sales on digital content - Deus Ex Human Revolution Augmented Edition was $9.99 on their e-store; fully half the retail-store price, and twenty-five percent less than the Valve Direct price on Steam - $14.99USD. It's retailer-specific - not service-specific. GameStop has done the same thing with games appearing on Origin; I pointed out the SImCity (2013) Cities of Tomorrow ULC in a post in the Computer Gaming forums. It's also why I am waiting to see if they do similar discounting for Titanfall when it is closer to release time.

Selling the digital version at the same price as the boxed version is wrong and not respectful for gamers.

First, you can't sell it back.
Second, it costs them a fair amount less because of the distribution channel bypass.

Aren't all Steam AAA games the same price as their retail disc counterpart? I know when COD Ghost launched it was the same price on Steam as it was the marketplace.

I'm happy to see the download size for this game isn't like the others and 30GB+. Hope this means developers are cleaning up things for the next batch of games.

Also I hope this is the norm for all future Xbox One digital pre-orders, no reason not to let people start downloading the game 2 or 3 days in advance.

George P said,
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I would argue the opposite. Large games mean bigger textures, larger assets, higher fidelity at higher resolutions.

This tells me that TitanFall can't possibly have native 1080p. (On XBOX ONE at least)

I'd love to see the calculations behind that statement.

While it's likely that Titanfall won't be 1080p, I'm quite curious as to see how you reached that conclusion based on the installation-size.

deadonthefloor said,

I would argue the opposite. Large games mean bigger textures, larger assets, higher fidelity at higher resolutions.

This tells me that TitanFall can't possibly have native 1080p. (On XBOX ONE at least)

That's never been a issue with PC games, and I have yet to see a PC game that's 30-40gb. Something like cod ghosts being that huge makes little sense. We'll see how future games are going forward though.

I agree. Lack of single-player campaign (which is a shame) should cut the size significantly. No voice-overs, CGI-movies and a lot less maps all helps on the size.

I cant wait for this. It will be nice to be able to preload this so I don't have to sit there and wait 5 or more hours for this to download.

Still, you no more have to purchase it via Origin than you do BF4 - or any other digitally-deliverable game that uses Origin and the delivery mechanism. (The same argument applies to Steam, and THEIR partners - especially since some retailers/e-tailers - such as Amazon and GameStop - are partners of both services.)

Oh yeah, retailer getting them by the balls... How it feels ms to get squeeze that much, afraid that they won't push you're hardware anymore. God I hate console wars.. In the meantime, theift is already preloaded on my computer lol thanks steam

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