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Downloads for Xbox One X continue to be my worst enemy

Despite all of the preparations I made leading into the launch of the Xbox One X by making room for additional 4K content downloads and getting as much patched in advance as possible, I’m still caught in the tsunami of updates that flooded out on day one. It certainly didn’t help that some of my games that needed updating refused to work correctly and required a full reinstall.

Both Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider needed that reinstall and though I did have the discs for those games there was a lot of updates and DLC that also needed to come down – about 66Gb for Halo 5 and 45Gb for Tomb Raider. That and a 60+Gb update for Forza Motorsport 7 meant these games were taking up a large amount of my download time. Thankfully my Quantum Break update completed a couple of days ago. As a result of all this I ended up putting those back in the download queue so that titles with smaller updates could be done in advance. Fallout 4 only needed an 800Mb update so the moment that popped up I was immediately on to it. πŸ™‚

Though I’ve been slowly moving towards going digital with my game purchases, I still regularly buy discs for either convenience or value. With 4K patches taking up so much space for many games it’d be nice to see if we could see those patches included as additional discs in the package to let players jump in without the excessive downloads to get them started. It wouldn’t be the first time that bundling such patches has happened: Battlefield 3 on the Xbox 360 did that with an HD patch that let players with a hard disk run a version of the game with enhanced texture quality.

I suppose there might only be a small section of players where bundling the 4K updates on disc would benefit but I believe it would help show that physical game media can still be relevant and helpful to consumers and continue to be a viable choice in the market. Anything that could help players get into their games faster has got to be useful, right?

[UPDATE] Finally got Rise of the Tomb Raider done, now just Halo 5 and Forza 7 left to go. With other title updates now trickling out in a more sedate fashion I might finally be back to my usual routine. πŸ™‚

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  1. This is definitely a changing trend. I love buying digital these days and it seems with the X, this is going to be the main way to go. I agree – if you are on a slow internet connection this is definitely going to hurt. I’ve been patch free for about four days now but even days after the launch there were still patches coming out. I think it is definitely starting to settle now but it will be interesting to see how the 4K content is handled in the future. I know in the 360 days multiple disc games (dvd) were possible but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a multi bluray game.

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