Xbox One's 'Intelligent Delivery' system will free up hard drive space

Xbox One's 'Intelligent Delivery' system will free up hard drive space

In addition, the Intelligent Delivery system will prevent Xbox One owners from having to download the 4K assets that will be used by Xbox One X consoles, as those assets will not be supported by the Xbox One.

From a user perspective, files like audio commentaries can be managed through the Xbox dashboard - and deleted if you don't need them any more. All will be confirmed when Microsoft launches the Xbox One X this November. This allows developers to, say, have users install only a single audio language pack, and even allows multi-disc support for the Xbox One family of systems. All of this will still be available on demand via the Xbox One dash. For FIFA games where the download is largely taken up by all of the various languages supported by the game, users would be able to delete all of them except the language they need. However, for gameplay, disc one must be in the drive, acting as a license check. If a gamer switches from Xbox One to a new Xbox One X, for instance, their existing game installs on external drives will be able to pull down only the missing data, rather than re-downloading the entire title. Intelligent Delivery also plays into this.

That's because, thanks to Intelligent Delivery, those without 4K capable consoles won't be required to download the 4K assets that they can't actually make the most of. But what's impressive here is that the system of chunks and tags devised to address this challenge has been expanded out to offer space savings for many other scenarios unrelated to the arrival of the new console. For example, a first-person shooter may have too much commonality in its campaign and multiplayer art assets to make segregating them a worthwhile prospect. We run two platforms: the Windows platform and the Xbox platform.

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However, at the very least we would expect to see the device tag used extensively to ensure that Xbox One owners don't need to download the X's 4K assets.

As games get bigger, Microsoft has cooked up a sly way to keep Xbox One and Xbox One X download times down, not to mention save on hard drive space.

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