Xbox 'FastStart' hands-on shows an extremely useful new feature

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Dec 17, 2013
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At E3 2018, Microsoft unveiled FastStart, a new system that allows you to get into new games faster, thanks to machine learning. How well does it work?
At E3 2018, Microsoft showed off the new FastStart feature, which is designed to allow you faster access to your games by letting you start gameplay while titles are still downloading.
Unlike other types of intelligent delivery that required developers to build their games a certain way, FastStart requires no input from developers and is instead fully handled by the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft's servers analyze which parts of a game installation are accessed first, and begin compiling the install order to reflect that progression. As such, games will be ready to play far faster — up to fifty percent faster, according to the company.
As game installation sizes get bigger, and as more and more gamers experiment with new titles via Game Pass and other subscription services, this could be a game changer.
FastStart is now available on the Xbox Insider Program on a select few titles for testing. We took a look to see how it all works.

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