How to make sure you have Halo 5: Guardians correctly pre-installed on your Xbox One

A blog post has just been published on Halo Waypoint detailing a potential bug related to downloading the digital version of Halo 5: Guardians, and how to make sure that your game will be there and ready to play on October 27th.

Specifically, if you pre-ordered Halo 5: Guardians digitally on your Xbox One before September 21 and don’t have “Instant On” as your power mode, chances are you will may have received an incorrect placeholder file, or a “stub file” instead of the real game. In order to get the game, you will have to delete this stub file and reinstall the title. The issue should not affect digital pre-orders of the game on or after September 21, as well as physical purchases, in which case you will be able to normally play Halo 5 after installing all the necessary updates as they become available.

In case you’re not sure about being one of the unlucky, the post also details a method you can use to check whether you have the stub file as follows

  1. Go to My games & apps
  2. Sort your game collection by selecting Installed > Sort by size
  3. If your Halo 5: Guardians game size is greater than 40 GB, you’ve got the correct version, and you’re ready to download the necessary updates when they become available.
  4. If your Halo 5: Guardians game size is less than 40 GB, you’ve got an incorrect stub file, and will need to delete that version and reinstall the game.
The issue is expected to only affect a small number of players; nevertheless, it is commendable of 343 Industries to mention it well in advance for players to prepare. Make sure to bookmark this article or write the info in your note as you wait for Halo 5: Guardians’ launch on October 27, and stay tuned for upcoming Halo news, deals and much more!
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