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Xbox Has A Clever Way To Save Hard Drive Space

Xbox Has A Clever Way To Save Hard Drive Space

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature called Intelligent Delivery across the family of Xbox One consoles in an effort to keep game installs and downloads as low as possible. Right now, Microsoft is only supporting two discs, but game developers wanting to use more can work that out with the company on a case-by-case basis. The new developer systems Microsoft is putting in place is to help ease the pressure on our HDDs, and there's games already using this system today. For example, Japanese language support could be an optional chunk for Western users - an extra on-demand download, or placed on the secondary disc - while that data would obviously be a mandatory part of the Japan SKU. For FIFA games where the download is largely taken up by all of the various languages supported by the game, users would be able to delete all of them except the language they need. It will allow players to delete content they are not using, like multiplayer modes for example.

The content tag allows users to download only the parts of the game that they want.

This also opens the door for developers to deliver their games on multiple discs once again - something that was once common a few generations ago, and persisted on Xbox 360 for larger games.

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Xbox One X supports 4K gaming and with that in mind, you can expect that game files to be huge.

That's because, thanks to Intelligent Delivery, those without 4K capable consoles won't be required to download the 4K assets that they can't actually make the most of.

When the Xbox One X launches in November it will allow exclusive 4K, HDR and 60FPS game capture options. Now, with the impending redesign of the Xbox One's UI, there will be an upgrade that brings footage captured via the program to 1080p, at long last. But the foundation has been laid and the bottom line is that Intelligent Delivery is a powerful new tool available to developers with the potential to reduce download times and make more of your limited hard drive space - and that can only be a good thing.


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