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Sony Is Thinking About a Pre-Loading Feature for Digital PS4 Games

Posted by Kell Andersen

We live in hope

The prospect of downloading retail games leaves us slightly conflicted. While it's certainly convenient to buy titles in the comfort of your living room, the mandatory marathon download sessions are slightly less appealing. Still, Sony has taken such confident strides in making the firmware update process on the PlayStation 4 so painless, that it stands to reason that the next-gen shop front should also receive an upheaval.

It's heartening, then, to hear that the platform holder is now considering an option that will allow you to pre-load games that you've purchased. This would mean that you'd be able to play them the second that they're unlocked. "We know that it is the feature that you've been asking for, and we are considering it accordingly," a representative from the Japanese giant said in a statement to Polygon. "We don't have specific details to announce at this point in time, but stay tuned for upcoming announcements about system updates and added features."

This follows the news that Sony will be adding a function that will allow you to dim the DualShock 4's contentious light bar. Would you make use of a pre-loading feature, or are you happy to wait? Download your thoughts in the comments section below.


User Comments (8)



BigDaddyT0101 said:

Decided that with ps4 i would go with a mostly digital collection minus annual sports games, games im not sold on, and games im not interested in, this is music to my ears. Im hoping with this we will have the option to just download the full game with no play as you download feature. While it doesnt affect me due to download speeds i pay heartily for, it does effect friends, relatives, and other gamers who think "wow my games done" only to play an hour and see "downloading remaining files". Hopefully preload is done right, with a way for sony to unlock the game at midnight of release in that ps4s time zone and we wont have to wait till the annual 3am update here on the east coast. I will say this, the ps4, and the x1 were not shipped with hard drives equiped to handle a digital only atmosphere, and if your looking at doing the same as I, do yourself a massive favor and shell the 100$ or so for a 2tb drive.



MadchesterManc said:

I wouldn't really make use of it myself. Im already using Virgin's best speed (soon to be upgraded to 152Mb) so my downloads are lighnting quick & I tend to leave my Ps4 in standby anyway and Remote download stuff using my phone at work. Would be a neat feature for those with slower speeds as it could preload during the night ready for the morning



MitchVogel said:

So what exactly does this mean? Are they saying that if you were to preorder a game coming out a week from now, you'd already start the download and be able to play it at midnight the day it came out?



k_andersen said:

@EvisceratorX I think that's what they mean, yeah! So essentially, if you were really excited for inFAMOUS: Second Son for instance, you could have it downloaded and waiting for you, and the second the clock ticks over you'd be able to play it.



kensredemption said:

I don't mean to be a stickler, I mean Hell, I have a PS4 myself, but wasn't this feature promised to us when they released the list last year?

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