With the recent announcement that Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 will support remote downloads, many potential Xbox One owners have wondered if their future system will offer similar features. Microsoft's Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President of Xbox, confirmed this feature with a Twitter post.
Yes! Of course you can download while you are away. #xboxone – Always up to date, always your console. The beauty of low power mode!
This post not only confirms remote downloading, but touches upon Xbox One's 'always on' feature. Like many modern consoles, the Xbox One will always be turned on and passively connected to the internet. This is how the upgraded Kinect will listen for voice commands, and how the system will receive these remote downloads.
When asked for more details regarding his post, Whitten stated that all marketplace items can be downloaded remotely. Users won't need to worry about downloading updates, as those will be automatically taken care of as they become available.
The Xbox One is set to launch this November and will be available in 13 different regions. Unfortunately, Kinect voice commands will only be compatible with five of those markets upon launch.