Frequently asked questions about buying and using digital games on Xbox One

This page answers frequently asked questions about buying digital editions of games for your Xbox One console.

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Can I buy digital versions of every Xbox One game?

All Xbox One Games have a digital version, unless there’s a required physical peripheral (for example, Skylanders SWAP Force).

Do I miss out on any pre-order bonuses or limited editions if I buy digital editions of Xbox One games?

It depends on the game. But some games, like Call of Duty: Ghosts, actually include extra bonuses with digital content that aren’t provided with the disc-based edition of the game. Other titles, like Dead Rising 3, have announced that their pre-order incentives will come with the digital version for the first two weeks. We’ll see more of these kinds of incentives, but we can’t guarantee there will be such offers in every case.

Will I be able to redownload the digital version if anything goes wrong or if I get a new console?

Yes, after you license and download the digital version, you can redownload the game. See Xbox Live Usage Rules for more information.

How many digital games can I store on my Xbox One console hard drive?

That depends on the game file sizes. You can always remove game content from your hard drive to make space for new titles. Anything that you had purchased and have since deleted from your hard drive can be redownloaded at any time.

Will my progress be saved if I ever have to redownload the digital version?

As long as you still have your game save file (either on your hard drive or in the cloud), your progress will be saved and available if you redownload the digital game.

Will the digital and physical versions of a game be the same in terms of graphics, quality, speed, and performance?

Yes, digital and physical versions will be identical in these aspects.

Can I bring a digital game with me to play at a friend’s house the way I can with a physical disc?

Yes, your entire digital game library is available to play wherever you’re signed in (in addition to on your home console).

Can I instantly switch between digital versions of Xbox One games?

Yes. Here’s how it works on the Xbox One console:

  • Physical (disc-based)
    • The game must be installed and played from the hard drive.
    • The disc must always be in the disc drive to play it.
  • Digital
    • The game must be installed and played from the hard drive.
    • There’s no disc, so you can easily switch between games.

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