If there’s been one bad thing to come out of the past console generation, it was the prospect of having to download and install a large game or update before being able to play. Preload functionality, which came later into the PS4 and Xbox One generation, has eased some of the frustration around that, but disc-based gaming still had to install a game in full on launch day.
That can make the wait to play a highly anticipate game all the more painful, especially if you’ve been waiting months or years to play it, only to face a 100+ GB install on launch day.
This has of course pushed a lot of people to digital-only gaming and pre-load functionality, but this will take another leap towards pure convenience if the new Xbox beta app on Android is anything to go by.
If your Android device has the latest OS installed, you can download the Xbox (beta) app, which is a sleeker, cleaner, and far more responsive version of the current Xbox app. It simplifies things considerably, and is well worth checking out if you have an Android device.
Interestingly, the app has an option to download games long before release, and without even having to pay for them.
That’s right: you can download and install Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla right now, and not pay until launch day. That means you can jump straight in from the stroke of midnight, pay for the game, and you’re raring to go.
Additionally, it means that if you pre-order the disc version of a game, you’re effectively pre-installing it, and so you can insert the disc and jump straight into the game from the get-go.
At the moment, the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 are ready to download, and while you’re simply downloading a placeholder of the game at roughly 100 MB, once the full game is ready it should update automatically, and have you raring to go once launch day comes around.
The app aside from that is well worth checking out: it also has console stream functionality built in, meaning you no longer need the additional Xbox Streaming beta app in order to access the feature.