Xbox One epic install times irritate gamers

Xbox One Ready When You Are

Gamers on forums all over the internet are complaining about long loading times on their Xbox One consoles. The loading times aren’t in the games themselves, but in the time it takes for a game to be playable on the system from the first time that the disc is inserted.

This is because for launch day consoles and games, a patch for the games needs to be individually applied before the game may be started. Once the disc is inserted, the patch will begin to download from the Xbox Live servers. The patch will need to be completed before the game begins installing its contents to the One’s hard disk.

Users on the NeoGAF forums are experiencing load times in excess of an hour, while others have their downloads slow to a crawl while the Xbox Live servers try to keep up with the network load. The play-as-you-install feature is working for all launch titles, but it is the updates which are causing the issue.

Server load issues are a regular affair on the launch day of a new game or system, but it appears that this is making more users frustrated as install times take longer and longer. Microsoft has not commented on the issue thus far.

Ryse Son of Rome screenshot 8

Don’t make me wait 20 minutes before I can slay you!

Below follows a few posts from Xbox One owners on NeoGAF who are experiencing the game loading issues.

  • So far you can boot Ryse at 3% but when in-game choosing a mode will get an installing screen. Downloading and installing is almost done BTW; about 20 min I think. – dragonelite
  • The Forza 6 gig DL was taking forever, so I cancelled the Install, did a cold start unplugged my Ethernet cable then started the install. Was ready to play in 7 min, got some races in and saw that I was 90% done so I decided to plug my cable back in to finish installing everything. But once I was connected it stopped the game and will not let me play till that launch update is installed. – soundscream
  • As far as I can tell, the only way to skip the update is to be completely offline when you put the disc in. I did this to install Ghosts because the update wouldn’t progress past 1%. But now I don’t know how to prompt the update after it’s been installed. – Neverender
  • It took me a long time to download the update. The update did not display as a separate download causing it to take forever for the install progress bar to move. – Bryan Newman
  • So the game had stopped at 41% so I reset the console in frustration and lo and behold it started to update again. It’s as though because I had the audacity to enter the game the drive decided to stop installing. At 60% now. I’m only barely interested in this game as it is. – JordoftheDead
  • I was just watching my brother play 2K14 and the install took longer than a full match. – Crakatak187
  • Part of the appeal of console gaming is that you can just drop the disc into the drive and play. These half hour, one hour, TWO HOUR, delays are so off-putting that I can’t even express how crappy it is. It feels like a step back. – Jeff-DSA
  • What I mentioned earlier was disc based games. Most of them have play while you install like the ps4 but I was told about a month ago that a few don’t and the install times are crazy long… it sounds like if you have a good connection you may download faster than someone can rip the disc. There are some super long installs on the [Xbox One]… I’ve heard 1.5 to 2 hours for some launch games. – famoutmortimer
Source: NeoGAF, Xbox One forumsAttackoftheFanboy

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  • Glordit

    Was reading on reddit, some users got a 12 hour install time on their COD:G.

  • VirtualForce

    I dont want to jump on the flame MS bandwagon, I believe in competition, imagine if we had only one console….of one maker of CPUs or GPUs.

    BUT, this is bad from Microsoft….I hope it gets cleared up quick and these devs these days, 6gb patch on launch day? All to get the game out quick.

  • Lawrence Sheed

    Reminding me of my ps3 experiences

    Buy game, put in ps3, sorry, you need to update firmware.
    Ok.
    Then, game needs updating.
    4 hours later – fark this, I’ll do something else.

    Guess Microsoft wanted the same experience?

  • felipebari

    As a long time Xbox player, I can confirm that (and I’m very disappointed). Really, it’s ridiculously annoying! It almost makes me regret my purchase. With my old 360 I could be playing a game instantly after first opening the box. Now I’ve been waiting for over THREE HOURS to play Ryse. “Ready when you are”? “Play while you install”? Not what I’m seeing here!

    Yeah, I can boot into the game after 3%, but 3% took 45 min to go, and in-game I’m stuck with another installation screen. Same thing with NBA 2K14 and Forza 5. I could get in the game after the first few percent taking almost an hour, only to be stuck with either another installation screen or extremely limited content. What’s the point in being able to boot up my console and open Netflix in a few seconds, if the gaming experience is all screwed up, taking hours to simply play a new game?

    And I don’t even want to get started with the fact that Kinect never knows if it’s me or my girlfriend in the room, logging me out of my profile (and game!) a bunch of times a day. Unpolished doesn’t even scratch the surface on defining the experience. Way to go MS, way to go!

  • http://about.me/felipebari Felipe Bari

    As a long time Xbox player, I can confirm that (and I’m very disappointed). Really, it’s ridiculously annoying! It almost makes me regret my purchase. With my old 360 I could be playing a game instantly after first opening the box. Now I’ve been waiting for over THREE HOURS to play Ryse. “Ready when you are”? “Play while you install”? Not what I’m seeing here!

    Yeah, I can boot into the game after 3%, but 3% took 45 min to go, and in-game I’m stuck with another installation screen. Same thing with NBA 2K14 and Forza 5. I could get in the game after the first few percent taking almost an hour, only to be stuck with either another installation screen or extremely limited content. What’s the point in being able to boot up my console and open Netflix in a few seconds, if the gaming experience is all screwed up, taking hours to simply play a new game?

    And I don’t even want to get started with the fact that Kinect never knows if it’s me or my girlfriend in the room, logging me out of my profile (and game!) a bunch of times a day. Unpolished doesn’t even scratch the surface on defining the experience. Way to go MS, way to go!

  • Shane Hort

    Wow we have the same feelings, i miss my 360 now. The kinect cant hear me most the time, it has invaded my family room by needing the tv to go through it. Its confusing to most and annoys my girl more than the last console. The kinect signs people in and out all the time and signed me out during my ganes, wtf is that? Embarrasing. The voice commands are as good as siris half brained cousin.

    Im sirting here waiting on ryse, that i rented, that takes 3% uploaded from the disc to start playing, whch was around 45 minutes, and now and again waiting on yet another installing screen(in game one) this has taken doube the time and not sure if its frozen or that slow. The fact they never gave an option to buy wothout this kinect, and may be weaker than ps4 realles pisses me off. The last console was built for halo, for great games, no anti aliased graphics, this one i couldnt tell at time s isf i downlded the fifa for xbox 360 by acciedent, and the amount of jagged kines in forza was saddening.

    I guess i feel let down, does not feel futuristic, feels maybe like a virtual boy, advanced but unpracticle. The fact i rented a game and lost a whole dayt o play pushed me over an edge of acceptance. Unless the esram starts kicking ass and creating games as good or better than 1080p and 60fps, and on even par of ps4 m$ xbox one will be losing this console race, and i will get a ps4. Damn microsoft idiots.

  • guest

    Four months after launch and still not sorted this problem over three hours to launch ryse and counting …… getting bored

  • M3AN RECONZz

    i am downloading motorsports forza 5 it has been going for 12 hours and only 39% done if this doesent get fixed soon im going to change console man this is disgusting

  • M3AN RECONZz

    i have been waiting 12 hours and only 39% done -_-

  • Danny

    More than 6 hours and im at 88% started going slow at around 75% -_- why does Ryse take so long

  • andyroo

    Im trying to download forza 5. So far ive downloaded 58% in a little over 10 hours

  • xSHUTTER SPEEDxLD

    Horizon 2: I did the first championship: a mere 3 ~3 minute races and it’s been locked at a number called 90% for an hour and a half. I even let the initial install run while I slept to avoid this. Nope. Currently 10:05. 90% since 8:32. All I can do is look at a number, listen to Bass Arena and hear the engines of Drivatars who never have to wait for loading go by.

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