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Xbox One lets you play during download, Microsoft confirms

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Xbox One users will be able to play games while they're still downloading to the console, a Microsoft representative confirmed to Polygon.

Microsoft said when it unveiled the Xbox One in May that the console will allow users to play disc-based games while they're installing to the system's hard drive; all disc-based titles must be installed. But it was unclear until now if the same functionality would apply to games downloaded from Xbox Live.

The PlayStation 4 will also support playing games when a certain portion of a download is complete, said a Sony engineer during the Develop conference last week. In addition, just as on Xbox One, users will be able to pop a game disc in the console and start playing immediately while the system installs the game to the hard drive in the background.

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