Steam is experimenting with the new ‘instant play’ feature which gives players the chance to play games before they’ve fully downloaded.
While Steam is incredibly popular with PC users, it does seem to miss out on some of the major advantages that console users experience.
Now it looks like a newly registered patent is suggesting that the platform could be offering an ‘instant play’ feature which will give players the chance to dive into titles before they’ve actually finished downloading to their PCs.
Pavel Djundik, a SteamDB creator first noticed the patent which describes a new Steam feature which would give users access to games before they had completely downloaded.
The feature could also be beneficial as it would significantly reduce latency within gameplay by prefetching data.
Of course, this concept isn’t new, we have seen similar systems with PS4 and Xbox One, so if you are familiar with this feature already you will know wheat to expect.
Djundik took to Twitter to share the news with other users, the post read “New Valve patent for tracking game file read operations and to allow “instant play” where you can start a game before it finishes downloading”.
It looks like there is definitely a plan in the works for an instant play feature, however we will just have to wait it out and see if and when this even comes into fruition.
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