Elden Ring preloads are now live for Xbox players

Elden Ring
Elden Ring (Image credit: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

What you need to know

  • Preloads for Elden Ring have gone live on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One systems.
  • To preload the game, you need to preorder it ahead of its launch.
  • The size of the download is 49GB, although it's unclear whether or not this includes any day one patches.
  • Elden Ring is expected to release on Feb. 25, 2022.

FromSoftware's upcoming open world RPG adventure game Elden Ring is only a week and a half away from launching, and ahead of the game's release, Elden Ring has become available to preload on both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. As long as you've preordered Elden Ring, you'll be able to begin downloading and installing the game from its page on the Xbox storefront. Fans who purchase the game now will automatically be prompted to begin the preload process.

In terms of file size, Elden Ring is about 49GB, which isn't too bad for a modern AAA release. With a relatively moderate file size like this, most gamers should have no problem fitting Elden Ring on their hard drives. Note that it's unclear whether or not this preload includes any day one patches that FromSoftware may deploy, so you may still need to download a small patch on launch day before you can play the game.

Source: Bandai Namco (Image credit: Source: Bandai Namco)

Right now, we're not sure when the game will be available for preload on other systems like the PS5 or Windows PCs, although rumors have suggested that preloads will go live for these platforms on Wednesday, Feb. 23. If true, this would give PS5 and PC players a full two days to download and install Elden Ring before it launches worldwide.

Elden Ring is expected to release Feb. 25, 2022 on Xbox Series X, Xbox One systems, PS5, PS4, and PC. The game is FromSoftware's latest action RPG that features many systems Dark Souls fans will be familiar with, such as character building, dodge rolling, different types of weapons, armors, and spells, and deadly combat systems that will test your skill and resolve. Unlike FromSoftware's previous titles, Elden Ring is also open world, and the game will have a strong focus on exploration as a result.

Brendan Lowry

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