Microsoft E3 2018: Fast Start and Other Xbox Game Pass Announcements

Published: June 10, 2018 6:15 PM /



After The Division 2 gameplay footage, Ashley Spiker, head engineer at Xbox, walked onto the stage to share some updates for Xbox GamePass. The first is Fast Start, a service by which gamers can stream games two times faster. It will incorporate "machine learning techniques based on how gamers actually play games." This service will also prioritize the files needed to play when downloading games so that players can start playing after downloading "just a fraction" of it.

The FastStart service will launch in a June update. For more information on how it will bring you your games faster, see the Microsoft page here.

Microsoft announced several new games coming to Game Pass, including Halo: Master Chief Collection, Tom Clancy's The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

GamePass will also continue to get a lot of same-day releases of Microsoft Studios releases. Additionally, some third-party titles will be doing day and date releases on gamepass, including Ashen, Vermintide 2, After Party, and Phoenix Point will all be coming to GamePass on the same day as their official release.

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2018 Coverage Hub.

Do you think the FastStart service will improve how you game on Xbox? What do you think of all the new titles coming to Game Pass? Let us know in the comments below!

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