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Xbox One Fast Start Brings 2x Faster Game Launching to Xbox Insiders

Announced at E3, Fast Start is now testing through the Xbox Insider Program, allowing users to start select titles earlier in the download process.


At its Xbox E3 event last week, had plenty to announce, including new games, developer acquisitions, and new features. Among the latter group of reveals was Fast Start for . This ability allows gamers to enter titles more quickly and is now rolling out for Xbox Insiders to test.

Microsoft says Fast Start lets users enter games two times faster. This is possible because Xbox One users can enter the game when less of the download is complete. In its related announcement blog, Microsoft explained how the feature works:

“With FastStart, you can now jump into your game twice as fast and play after downloading just a fraction of your title. FastStart identifies which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes the download of those files first, enabling you to quickly jump into full-fidelity gameplay while the remainder of your title downloads in the background. Simply find the FastStart-enabled title you want to play, hit Download and your console will take care of the rest.”

Members of the can now start testing the feature. The rollout tallies with Microsoft's E3 pledge to introduce FastStart this month. If you are an Insider, the preview build holding the new ability is 1806.180612-1920. This upgrade is available on the Alpha, Alpha Skip Ahead, Beta, and to some Delta Insiders.


As Microsoft explained its is announcement blurb, a game will have to be compatible to use FastStart.

With that in mind, there are only eight Xbox Games Pass titles that support the feature right now. Those games are: The Flame in the Flood, Fuzion Frenzy, Screamride, Spelunky, Casey Powell Lacrosse 16, Dovetail Games Euro Fishing and The Golf Club.

Ok, none of them are triple A titles. However, Microsoft clearly wants to get the ball rolling with Fast Start in the hope more developers will embrace FastStart.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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