The July update of Xbox One includes a new Smart FastStart feature for game downloads.
Microsoft is releasing its July Xbox One dashboard update to all users today, and the new main feature allows Xbox owners to start games that are downloaded faster. FastStart, originally introduced in E3, prioritizes the files that a game really needs to start while continuing to download the rest of the title in the background. It requires a download speed of at least 20Mbps, and will be available for a “selected number” of popular games that are available in Xbox Game Pass.
“In general, you can expect to jump into your game twice as fast as before,” explains a frequent Microsoft question about the new feature. Microsoft has not yet provided a full list of games compatible with FastStart, but the company says it plans to make it available for more games once the titles are updated. FastStart is separate, and impersonates, the existing “ready-to-start” feature that allows some Xbox One games to start before they are completely downloaded. Ready to start, typically let players play an initial level before the full game is available.