> Anxiouz wrote:
>> I have never felt that preloading a game before release made any sense. There's
>> a day one patch and sometimes it's just as size-able as the initial DL.
> I think the reason is that SOMETIMES it is just as size-able. Lots of times, it
> isn't. If Borderlands 3 is a 75GB download that I can pre-load -- and on release
> day there is a 10GB patch (which, if I recall, was about what it was) -- then it
> is certainly worth it to me to pre-load it before release.
See below. It's not about DL size, it's about timing and "more" downloads when a game is set to "preload me because I'm just waiting on the date/time now".
>> But I pre-loaded Forza Horizon 5 (103GB) on XSX a few days ago and now there is
>> 21GB update already. Again, still pre-release. I can live with the overall size
>> but what incentive do we have to DL early?
> Just to be able to play it faster, right? Especially when the downloads seem even
> slower on release day since everyone is grabbing it who didn't pre-load it. I'd
> much rather download the 103GB beforehand and only need the other 21GB on the day
> I want to play -- than the entire download. (Especially because, for some updates,
> it seems like even if you wanted until final release, you sometimes have to download
> the entire 103GB original PLUS the 21GB update -- for 124GB total. In other words,
> they aren't always integrated into one yet at that point -- so it really helps to
> have downloaded 80% of it beforehand.)
Correct, in that it is a "pre-load" so that you can play the game immediately. But preloading a game to play it at midnight is one thing. Pre-loading for that purpose but then having additional DLs several days before the release date is lame. So it wasn't
ready after-all. Sure, if you can DL 100GB then 20GB more isn't life threatening but why not just put out a 120GB DL 3 days before release instead of 7 days? I have no confidence that when the game actually releases that I can play right away. So why would I bother to preload? Even knowing that day-of DL's are going to be slower. At least I know that's the latest build.