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Xbox One X upgraders will be able to save a ton of bandwidth

by Eric Frederiksen | August 21, 2017August 21, 2017 2:00 pm EST

A lot of us buying Xbox One X consoles are going to be current Xbox One owners looking to play games on our fancy 4K televisions, and tons of the games we already own are going to be enhanced for 4K gameplay on the new system. But bandwidth caps are still a very real, frustrating element of our lives, at least over here in the U.S. An upcoming update to the Xbox One operating system will take care of that problem by letting you transfer data across your network from one Xbox to another without having to swap drives.

In households where bandwidth is at a premium or you just have a ton of games installed, this is going to make the transition that much easier.

Preparing for 4K

On top of the ability to copy your game data across systems, Microsoft is going to make it possible to download the high-resolution assets for games ahead of time. A huge list of games are seeing 4K upgrades, and almost anyone who owns an Xbox One probably has a game on the list.

Xbox One users who don’t plan to upgrade won’t see these assets download, so you don’t have to worry about wasting bandwidth on stuff you’ll never use. If you’re planning to upgrade, though, you can start the process early. Anything that makes the transition easier between the two consoles is going to make the system look better to potential upgraders.

Now if only Microsoft had some new games coming this fall…

The Xbox One X is available for pre-order, now, though the initial batch has since sold out, and officially goes on sale on November 7.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...