Microsoft's developer briefings even point out that Intelligent Delivery can be retrofitted to existing titles, though the process is only really recommended for upcoming games.
Dividing content into chunks and tagging it will apply to gameplay-specific content too; players can delete game modes they're not using, for example. This allows developers to, say, have users install only a single audio language pack, and even allows multi-disc support for the Xbox One family of systems. Dubbed Intelligent Delivery, the system reportedly prioritizes only what each gamer actively needs, rather than forcing them to download the entire title. It will allow players to delete content they are not using, like multiplayer modes for example.
Games are just getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and the built in storage of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One simply can't keep up unless you replace or add to them with external storage. Though Intelligent Delivery might bring back the days of multiple disc games with essential data on one and optional data on the others.
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It should also mean that you don't need to download bits of a game that you don't need, reducing download times.
As we've previously reported, when it comes to 4K assets, the Xbox Store will intelligently decide what types of assets to install and unpack. All will be confirmed when Microsoft launches the Xbox One X this November. But what's impressive here is that the system of chunks and tags devised to address this challenge has been expanded out to offer space savings for many other scenarios unrelated to the arrival of the new console. It's not clear how widely publishers will adopt it, however, as there's no indication using the system will be mandatory. We run two platforms: the Windows platform and the Xbox platform. But the foundation has been laid and the bottom line is that Intelligent Delivery is a powerful new tool available to developers with the potential to reduce download times and make more of your limited hard drive space - and that can only be a good thing.