Pre-Loading on the Xbox One is finally here. Announced by Phil Spencer earlier this year at E3 as a feature we would see coming in 2014, and discussed at Attack of the Fanboy just over a week ago, we knew that it was just around the corner – now it has officially arrived. If you are a gamer who prefers digital over disc, there will be no more waiting for 10-50gb of downloading after release before being able to play your new game. You can now pre-purchase and pre-download your game, much like you have been able to on the Playstation 4 since June and on Steam for, well, ages. This is great news for Xbox One owners and people who only have access to terrible internet connections, like 95% of Australia, for instance.
The first game to get this pre-loading option is Madden NFL 15, which is looking like it’s really got the goods thanks to a complete defensive overhaul. Check out our review here if you’d like to know more about it. To pre-install Madden NFL 15, simply go to your dashboard, search for the game, purchase it and away you go. If you are yet to get an Xbox One, there is also a Madden NFL 15 Bundle available that may sway you towards buying one.
If you are a subscriber of EA’s recently launched program, EA Access, which offers 10% discount on digitally purchased EA games through the Xbox store, a vault of free EA games to play as long as you are subscribed and a 5-day-before-release download and 6 hour trial option, you’ll be able to not only pre-download Madden NFL 15, but have a decent play with it before it launches on August 26th. That means instead of reading this, you could be playing Madden NFL 15 now. Wait a minute, I could be too!
Xbox One pre-loading starts with Madden NFL 15; other upcoming games already announced to be receiving the same treatment are FIFA 15, Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive. As for Madden, you can purchase it now for $59.99, or $53.99 if you are an EA Access subscriber, with an install size of around 16gb.