At E3 this year, Microsoft announced a very interesting Xbox feature. FastStart uses machine learning to choose which files to download, letting user’s start playing up to 2x faster.
Importantly, the additions include titles people might actually play, including Fallout 3 and Oblivion. On Xbox One, there’s the popular State of Decay and Guacamelee. Here’s the full list:
- Xbox 360:
- BattleBlock Theatre
- Fallout 3
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- Xbox One:
- Costume Quest 2
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
- Kingdom New Lands
- Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
- State of Decay: Year-One
English Only Offering
These additions will undoubtedly be useful to those eager to play, but most aren’t particularly large downloads anyway. The place FastStart will really start to show is in series like Forza and other AAA titles, which can reach over 60 GB.
However, this is a great starting point for Microsoft’s technology, and we can expect a slow roll out to a number of different titles. Even if they don’t all make it before the next generation, it will be a solid foundation to work from.
Unfortunately, FastStart has a major restriction as it stands. You can only use the feature if your console is set to English and you haven’t played the game before. It’s unclear why Microsoft can’t offer other languages yet, but it says it’s working on it. You’ll also need to be an Xbox Insider to test the feature.