As the next generation of consoles draws closer, we’re getting ready to choose a side in the impending console war, and everybody is comparing the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 to see what offers the best experience for each individual person.
One of the advantages that the PS4 was confirmed to have early on was the ability to schedule remote downloads so that your console would automatically turn on to download something and then shut itself down, even when you’re not there. It’ll even automatically wake up to download something when you buy something from the PlayStation Store on your smartphone.
Today it was revealed on Twitter by Marc Whitten, chief architect on the Xbox One, that Microsoft’s new flagship console would also have the same capacity for remote downloading through the low power mode that is part and parcel of the console.
Yes! Of course you can download while you are away. #xboxone – Always up to date, always your console. The beauty of low power mode!
— Marc Whitten (@notwen) August 30, 2013
Whitten neglected to confirm exactly how the remote downloading process will work, whilst Shuhei Yoshida was a lot more open about the PlayStation 4’s abilities on this matter. Hopefully we’ll get a more clear answer in the near future about what the Xbox One is capable of.
Since Whitten mentioned the low power mode of the console, I presume that this will be part of the ‘Always On’ abilities that we already know of, operating various processes in standby mode. Since Microsoft are very much for interconnectivity between your devices, I can see a similar function to the one that Shuhei mentioned for the PS4.
If you access the new Xbox Games Store from any device other than your Xbox One, you’ll be able to schedule a download time when you buy the item and your console should take care of the rest without any assistance from you.
The specifics of how this remote downloading works is going to be important in the coming weeks. Currently it looks like Sony have the better version of this service since the console is capable of turning on and shutting down by itself, whereas from Whitten’s comment the Xbox One is going to have to be ‘Always On’, and we already know how badly gamers reacted to that.