The game officially hit shelves today but has seen some fans unable to complete digital downloads without having to wait hours for it to finish.Halo 5 is a sizeable download, including 55GBS of data, with a further 9GB patch needed to play the game online.
A few highlights include being able to see who’s in a Party on Xbox One before joining and – on both Xbox One and the Xbox app – we have made it easier to get details on suggested friends.
Here’s what’s rolling out to the Xbox app today and on Xbox One tomorrow!
New experiences and updates launching on Xbox One: Across both Xbox One and the Xbox app, this update brings the injection of Trending topics and friend suggestions into your Activity Feed.
For the Xbox app specifically, this month’s release includes Compact Mode: A big thanks to everyone for continuing to provide your suggestions at the Xbox Feedback site.
While another commented: "I feel like Halo 5's patch download has been stuck on 92% for what must be 4 years now."Gamers have been warned by Piers Harding-Rolls, a games analyst at IHS, that this could become increasingly common for the biggest titles."If you go for a digital version you've got to download the whole game and if it's a very popular one you're likely to be dealing with a slow network as well," he told the BBC."From the consumer point of view, it's not great to have to wait many hours to get access to content," he said."This is an issue that console companies and publishers really need to look at seriously."Pre-loading the game is one way of fixing this situation, although it would not include the day one patch and it looks likely that these are set to become industry standard moving forward.
The Xbox support team have since shared a troubleshoot guide on how to avoid low download speeds, including restarting your console, monitoring your overall download speeds and reinstalling content."Your ISP connection speed should be at least 1.5 Mb/s for the best experience while connected to Xbox Live," the Microsoft guide explains.
We have a number of new features coming to Xbox One and Xbox app starting today and Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management for Xbox, details what you can expect from this system update.
This month’s system update starts rolling out to the Xbox app today and on Xbox One tomorrow; with it, comes a host of social features that will help you stay connected to the Xbox Live community across both console and PC.
Keep them coming and stay tuned for more great features on Xbox One and the Xbox app throughout the year!