The current generation of consoles has been quite successful. Both Sony and Microsoft have offered a lot of new features and options with their respective consoles. Sony Playstation 4 has sold a lot more units worldwide than Microsoft’s Xbox One, however, after a decent price cut and a great bundle offer last month, Xbox One has received some serious attention from gamers as well.

There’s no denying that both consoles offer a lot of new things to the gaming community and both have their ups and downs. We’re not here to argue which console has the edge over the other one. We cater to all gamers be it a PC gamer or any console gamer. Today, we will help out gamers who’ve just bought their shiny new Xbox One and want to learn how to fix the really slow installation process of different games. This is for games sold ON DISC. If you bought an online game, you have no choice,  but to wait for the download.

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The Xbox One requires you to install a game before you can start playing it. Even if the game is a optical disk based one, you will have to install it on the Hard drive of the console before launching it, however, the Xbox One has had a very weird problem of slow installation from the first day of its launch.

How to Speed up game installation on Xbox One?

xbox-one-game-installThis is the simplest method of bypassing the update and patch downloads for the games on a Xbox One. You have to make sure that your Xbox One is not connected to the internet.

Yes, you will have to disconnect it from the internet to speed up the installation process. All you have to do is press the Menu (Start) Button on your Xbox One controller and open Settings > Network and choose Go Offline. (Thanks for the tip! ClarityPage) You can also turn off your router or unplug the ethernet cable from your console, if Go Offline option doesn’t work for you.

Once the console is completely disconnected from the internet and Xbox Live, you can easily pop in your favorite game disk and start the installation. You will notice a huge difference in the installation speed. The game will take 10-15 minutes depending on its size and the condition of your console’s disk drive.

Why are the game installs so slow on the Xbox One?

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Gamers have been complaining about it and even Microsoft’s Exec Phil Spencer acknowledged that this was definitely an issue which they are working on to resolve as quickly as possible. No time frame for a fix has been provided by the company and so far, gamers are on their own to fix this minor issue on their consoles. Microsoft’s own support for Slow Games Install Page shows that for a 70GB download, and a slow 2Mbps Internet connection, it could take ~78 hours!

He explained that the Xbox One was designed with the Always-on internet connection in mind thus it has a couple of issues that will be fixed in future updates which includes this slow installation of optical disk based games.If you are also experiencing similar slow installation issue on your Xbox One then keep on reading this guide to learn an easy method of speeding up the installation process on your Xbox One.

As previously explained by Mr.Spencer himself, this issue has been caused because there are still some minor problems with the code in the Xbox One. We have noticed that when you pop in a disk in the console, it automatically starts installing the game.

When the game installation process is running, the console also starts downloading different patches and updates for the game at the same time. This happens when you are connected to Xbox Live and if the game being installed has downloadable patches and updates which most games do.

This means that the installation process becomes annoyingly longer due to larger updates being downloaded and if you have an average internet connection with moderate download speeds, it will take even longer. This is the only reason why all the optical disk based games on Xbox One install like their digital counterparts. I have a moderate 8Mbps Internet connection and it took me more than 3 hours to install a game with updates. However, after disconnecting the console from Xbox Live the game only took 15-20 minutes for installation.

Conclusion

It’s pretty simple to speed up the installation on your Xbox One. Just keep your Xbox One disconnected from the internet and you will never have to worry about slower game installs again. However, keep in mind that when you want to play the game online on Xbox Live, you will have to download any released updates for the game before you could actually enjoy the online play.

Hopefully, this simple method will help you out and if you would like to share any alternative fix for this method then do comment below. This video describe pretty much the same trick, so if you want to follow the steps that way, take a look and jump directly to 2m54s:

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