Originally Posted by JediMastr
...that means if I downloaded a game, my internet connection would be tied up for a long time.
It doesn't "tie up" your connection; I recently downloaded a buttload of DDs, having switched out my launch model PS3's HDD while not having a free USB drive large enough to back up all of my old stuff. The download included inFamous
, Little Big Planet
, Deus Ex: Human Evolution
and all three Uncharted
titles. I was able to trim this down to slightly over 90 GB by omitting big useless (to me) chunks like the pre-rendered 3D video from Uncharted 3
; transferring it over my 25 Mbps cable service, I didn't finish until the next day. (It occurred to me afterwards that I didn't need to download all of that all at once, since I was only playing one of the games). While transferring that stuff I didn't perceive any big decrease in my network speed on other devices. I and my housemate kept making our normal use of the network and I watched several videos streamed from Netflix at the 6 Mbps "Super HD" video quality level. If there are problems, many routers, like my ASUS one, will let you easily lower the priority of a specific device. With both the Xbox One and PS4 you're supposed to be able to start playing a game relatively quickly after you begin the download; I'm guessing that they download the core engine and all of the art assets, media assets and scripts needed to play the initial levels first.
What it did tie up was the PS3, since many games and apps suspend network downloads while you're running them. I expect that won't be the case with the next gen consoles.
Under the old Xbox One scheme I was going to buy discs to save myself the time necessary to download and the hit to my network cap (300GB, which we currently rarely exceed half of, but chunks the probable size of many next gen games could put significant strain of that). Can't do that now, being one of those who don't want to find and load discs. Sadly it'll now be very challenging for people with lower speed network service and low caps to go disc-less.