PlayStation players might be getting some tasty exclusive content
in their version of Destiny, but it looks like Xbox owners will at least be able to start downloading it sooner, as Microsoft has announced that the the hugely anticipated shooter from Halo creators Bungie is now available for pre-loading for digital download customers that pre-order the game
on Xbox One.
Destiny will also be pre-loadable for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners, but that's not expected to be available until September 4th -- still plenty of time before the game's actual September 9th launch, but, y'know, not today like the Xbox One.
Here’s how it works. When a title becomes available for digital pre-order in the Xbox Store, select “Pre-purchase” to buy and download the game.
You will be charged the full amount upon transaction and may use any supported payment method, including an existing Microsoft account balance or credit card. The game will download, along with any updates issued before the release date, so the game is up-to-date and ready to play. Then, when the game is officially released to the Xbox Store, timed with local launch availability, simply go to the game in My Games & Apps, go to your pre-pinned tile, or say “Xbox, go to Destiny” to start playing. Titles will be available after midnight local time on the release date in your corresponding country, though some countries with multiple time zones will align to one release time. For example, in the United States, Destiny will be available for play at 12:01 AM PT on its release day.
Destiny is due on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 9th 2014.