Xbox game download feature allows preloading before possession

The early download of games to Xbox consoles through the Android version of the Xbox app was revealed this week. This system allows users to download any Xbox game to any (compatible) Xbox system, regardless of purchase status. So, purchasing the game – digital or physical – only acts as a key to unlock the content you have already loaded onto your machine.

Microsoft finally got it. Via the Android app for Xbox, and with relatively little fanfare, Microsoft has released a feature that separates downloading a game from buying a game. But why would you want to download a game you don’t own? and which you can’t play?

This feature reveals multiple situations, multiple moves that just couldn’t be done before this feature was delivered. Let’s take a look at the lot:

• Download a game now, save money on chores around the house, buy and play the game in an instant.
• Download a game now, buy the physical disc version of said game (maybe cheaper than digital, you never know), and play the game as soon as it arrives in the mail.
• Download a game now, get used to the idea that the game is ready to play on your Xbox, motivate yourself to complete house chores before you buy and play.

Does this sound like a good idea? Let us know if you plan to download games before owning them through the Xbox app for Android, or keep your data forever!

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