Since Microsoft’s intrepid decision to launch its first-party games on Xbox Game Pass at the same time that they’re out everywhere else, the only thing missing from this ultra-mega deal-o-rama was the option to pre-load those games. NOT ANYMORE.
Most games on the regular Xbox storefront make a pre-load available several days ahead of launch so you’re ready at go time, and it’s one of those futuristic conveniences that we now can’t even imagine existence without. Until this week, however, we’ve not only had to imagine it, but actually endured this obscene existence with games on Xbox Game Pass. Our wailing and gnashing of teeth did not gone unheeded, though – and corporate vice president at Microsoft Mike Ybarra has confirmed that pre-load is now enabled on the subscription service too.
One of the biggest asks we’ve had for @XboxGamePass was to allow pre-load (pre-install) so you can download and be ready the second launch happens. It’s available now – and starts with Crackdown 3 on Xbox and Windows. 💪👍👌👊
— 🎄Mike Ybarra☃️ (@XboxQwik) November 13, 2018
Microsoft recently announced an impressive lineup of new Game Pass content, out now and coming in over the next few months, including PUBG, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. For a limited time, new sign-ups can get the first two weeks free, and the next month at R5, so don’t miss out.