Xbox Game Pass 'FastStart' helps you play new games faster

Microsoft has announced a variety of changes coming to Xbox Game Pass – it's Netflix-style subscription service for games. The service currently provides access to over 100 titles and future first-party releases for a flat monthly fee – with more on the way following its E3 2018 press conference.

The biggest new feature coming to Xbox Game Pass is "FastStart" – a new system designed to deliver games to players faster than before. Using machine learning, the feature learns how gamers play titles to streamline the download process and reduce waiting times. Microsoft states the feature currently cuts download times in half, with its algorithm set to improve over time. Microsoft is set to debut FastStart later this month to Xbox Insiders with the June update.

Xbox Game Pass is also getting several new titles today – Tom Clancy's The Division, Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls Online. Microsoft also expanding its launch day offerings, with Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Ashen and Phoenix Point all set to hit the service at launch.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • This one I didn't really understand. I'm sure most of it is beyond my understanding, but how can 'machine learning' make the process faster. Wouldn't the only options be to either download single player or multiplayer first? Still a 2x improvement is very welcome. I assumed they would go straight to game streaming, but improving the install process is super welcome. I doubt my internet will support game streaming for a few years.
  • Exactly. This is different from "Intelligent Delivery" My guess is that the Xbox will know what games I play and will predict my next game and will downloaded automatically.
  • Should have at least mentioned which titles are Play Anywhere.
  • I guess Machine Learning will scan which parts of the code and content will not be required until you progress in the game further. That is something that ML can take care of. No need to download the 1GB ending video unless you have finished the game. Same for audio dialogues.
  • You Nail it!