Xbox One owners could soon reduce burden of huge install files
16 September, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Cecelia Webb
A new feature might be coming to both current Xbox One consoles, as well as the upcoming Xbox One X, and according to Digital Foundry, this new feature will be called "Intelligent Delivery".
In terms of device-specific content, Intelligent Delivery allows developers to partition off artwork for either Xbox One or the X, with the console only delivering the assets that are needed for the hardware in question. Now if you choose to plug that hard drive back into the original Xbox One then the 4K textures will still be there but you can delete them from the settings as they are not going to be used. Logically, essential data is located on the first disc and installed first, with the Xbox system software prompting the user to insert further discs in order to install other data.
It's basically a way for developers to segment a game's data into "chunks".
The tech could be available as soon as the Xbox One X launch on November 7. However, for gameplay, disc one must be in the drive, acting as a license check. If Microsoft feels that the effort will be worth it, we could see this get a global release for Backwards Compatibility some time later. Anything beyond that may require a bespoke arrangement with the platform holder.
As we've previously reported, games delivered on the Xbox Store will unpack their assets intelligently, to keep download sizes down. Intelligent Delivery also plays into this. For example, a first-person shooter may have too much commonality in its campaign and multiplayer art assets to make segregating them a worthwhile prospect.
You could run the same scenario for 1080p TV owners with an original Xbox One and the console will only download 1080p assets but none of the 4K ones.
In essence, Intelligent Delivery means that not only are games downloaded faster, but it has the potential to save gamers a ton of disc space that would otherwise be wasted.
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