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Download time indicator rolls out to select Xbox Insiders

What you need to know

  • The Xbox One is getting a download time indicator soon.
  • It's available to Alpha - Skip Ahead Xbox Insiders today.
  • It's unclear when the feature will roll out to the general public at this time.

Ever since the Xbox One launched in 2013, gamers have been asking for a number of features. One of the most-requested items is an estimated time indicator which tells you when a game will be downloaded. After years of waiting, it's finally rolling out to a small subset of Xbox Insiders. It's unclear when it'll launch for everyone, but the fact that it's available to the "Alpha - Skip Ahead" ring is a great start.

Microsoft's Brad Rossetti said the following on Twitter when announcing the estimated download time indicator.

Preview Alpha - Skip Ahead users we will be receiving a new 1910 build today... You will get a new feature today and we welcome your feedback. When downloading a game, we show you more valuable data on when you can play!

Many owners will be happy to see that a download time indicator has been added. Hopefully it'll roll out to all Xbox Insiders — and the general public — soon. Considering that almost all browsers have this feature, this addition brings the Xbox One into the modern era. You can take a look at the important patch notes (opens in new tab) below.

Version

  • 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_19H2HOLD_1910\18362.7113.190514-1920

New features

  • Microsoft is adding new features in this build. You will now see the estimated time to finish downloads appears in the queue, and you can also move titles in the queue up and down.

Fixes

  • Addressed audio stability when the console comes out of "Instant-on" mode.
  • Fixes to narrator bugs in "Settings."
  • Various alignment fixes in the interface.

Known issues

  • Headsets are not being assigned to profiles and not working correctly.
  • Sometimes you may encounter the incorrect profile color when powering on the console.

Are you excited about these changes? Let us know.

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8 Comments
  • This would be great news if the damned store would give Stable download speeds. I understand it's based off of users on the system, but there is no reason for it to swing from 160GbS to 30 and then back again in less than a minute.
  • I want your internet.
  • LOL! Thanks, I just noticed that. Many if I were complaining about 30Gbps, just slap me. 😜
  • It really took them until the end of the console generation to roll that out..
  • Should’ve been from the start. It’s a weird feature to omit.
  • I guess it's basic but in my opinion not that important compared to other things.
  • If it fixes the Dolby ATMOS setting being turned off randomly, I'll be excited.
  • this is awesome as for some people with large downloads it was a guess and wait and see. and estimation is nice if it is acurate. what it doesn't take in account is if your internet speeds slow if someone in your house starts to use up all your bandwidth. so best to shut everyone else off so you get the best time ever for your downloads.