As Gamescom has kicked off in Germany there’s a lot of gaming news to go through today. Microsoft has made a couple of announcements of its own today, it has detailed some of the new features that will be added to the console over the next few months. The company also confirmed the long talked about preload and digital pre-order features for the Xbox One, however the list of titles that support these features initially leaves much to be desired.
Here’s how preload and digital pre-order works: Microsoft will presumably put a hold for a game’s price on the authorized credit or debit card and it will charge the user when the game officially becomes available. Once the transaction goes through the game will automatically be downloaded on the Xbox One without needing any input from the user.
Xbox One owners that use this feature would no longer need to drive to a local game store to pick up a copy of a game that has just been released, nor will they have to worry about navigating through the console on launch day to manually download the game. Everything will happen automatically.
The feature is only supported by FIFA 15 and Forza Horizon 2 for now, these titles will be released on September 26th and September 30th respectively. Microsoft hasn’t said anything about other titles that might support the feature down the line as well, so Xbox One owners will have to make do with these two for now.