The wait is almost over. Fans have been clamouring for Kingdom Hearts III for years, and it's now just a week away from launch on PS4. For a title of this size, some may still opt for a physical version of the game, but there will be many eager players who've put in a digital pre-order on the PlayStation Store. If you're in the latter camp, good news: it looks like the pre-load function is now available for digital pre-orders.
This essentially means that those who've put their names down for a digital PS4 copy can begin downloading the game now to ensure they have the game ready and installed ahead of the official launch. Usually the pre-load functionality starts automatically, but in case it doesn't, you can trigger it manually by going to the game's pre-order page. The size of the download is roughly 37GB, so it's worth downloading in advance to ensure you're prepared for the big day.
Are you excited to finally play Kingdom Hearts III? Pre-load your thoughts in the comments below.
I'll likely get the retail copy but nice to see they are allowing preloads a week in advance.
It does make me a little more tempted to go digital, just to stare at the game on my harddrive for a couple days. lol
I've pre-ordered the deluxe edition already, but this is all so surreal. I can't believe that this time next week I will actually be playing KH3, finally
Is it? Just checked, can't download. Isn't it just the download from the Japanese PS Store, since the game releases a few days earlier over there? It says on the game page pre-load will be available on the 27th.
@Tulio517 You may be right. I'll update the article to reflect this — apologies.
I’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game before - what sort of games are they? (Platform, fighting etc)
@Nightcrawler71 Action RPG
of course it's only the japanese version as that one is releasing on the 25th already. by the way does that version support other languages? the price of it is ridiculous though ($90 for the STANDARD edition)
@manu0 What country do you live in? It's only $60 for the standard version here in the United States...
@TowaHerschel7 i'm talking about the japanese version....
I don't trust my ability to be able to get a physical copy on release day, and want this to be ready to play when I get home from work on release day, so I probably should just buy the digital copy.
I mean I work at a store and it's possible they could get the game in and I'd be able to purchase it there, but there's also a possibility they won't have it and then I'd have to start the download when I came home. I would like a physical copy, but it's just not worth that. sigh
@Harmonie You can always pre-order the game online, Best Buy is guaranteeing release date delivery.
That's actually really surprising, I pre-loaded on my XB1 a month ago, I figured PS4 would be the same.
Finally. The wait is almost over.
Usual get preorders a few days early hear in the uk,so more likely than not playing before those who order digitally
@RedMageLanakyn it's not surprising at all...xbox preloads are available whenever the publisher gives the go ahead. ps4 preloads are always available 2 days in advance.
@Nightcrawler71 You alternate between tight Action RPG gameplay and exceedingly cringey cutscenes with some added Haley Joel Osment singing ‘Under the Sea’ from the Little Mermaid. It’s great fluff but the gameplay shines a lot better than the ludicrous plot.
I can't wait to play KH3. I only just finished the previous games available on PS4 for the first time a few weeks ago, so I've only had to wait a couple of weeks to play the next game!
@manu0 Ah, I guess I don't preorder digitally enough on either platform to know that, thanks for the info though.
14 years too late, mate.
@Tulio517 my ps4 says 1-26-2019 for preload.
@dibs1337 Huh, weird. Probably time zones?
Oh man...just reorganized things on my bank in order to get this one, it's been 12 years already...
This got my hopes up. I rushed to the PS4 to see if my preload started... Of course it hadn't started here yet. Then I noticed the smaller text saying it was Japan only... That's pretty much my day 1 play out the window because of my crap internet.
@Tulio517 maybe if you have eastern time. Since the game releases 29th 12:00am eastern, and I'm central so I get it at 11pm on the 28th. (If digital only. Physical copy buyers have to wait for midnight at earliest no matter timezone. Sadly. That's why I turned digital for the single player based games.)
So I could see THAT possibility. But if you are central or a more west based timezone, that can't be it. Preload date change could be possible too.
@kirkyeehee you still get 2 or 3 days to download. Just set system on standby instead of turning off. Downloads kick in the three time faster.
Example: I download rocksmith it says 3 hours. I put on standby go play smash bros ultimate for an hour, and come back to ps4, it's fully downloaded from 3 minutes before I came back.
@dibs1337 You really don't understand what it's like to have slow internet... I download at a whole 600kb on my PC. I never get above 150kb on my PS4... So something that would take me 1 day to download on my PC takes 4 days on my PS4. It's not a simple matter of just having the preload ready to go and being on standby for some. It's literally truly slow speeds that make a download take forever. This game is rumored to be at least 35GB. With my speeds on the PS4 that's a 72 hour download, or 3 days. Meaning I can't play day 1. Should have just bought this in store instead of online... but they don't offer the big package of all games in store so I was sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place with this one, since I wanted that version.
@Quintumply Now it's available!
Yeah...so shopto delivered my physical yesterday...no spoilers, but its great so far!!
The physical edition is already available in the netherlands, belgium anf germany. Since yesterday. According to stores the street date got pulled forward.
So exciting! Getting a physical copy, but I can’t believe it’s almost here!
Happy for you all! KH games aren't my cup of tea but I'm so glad you fans get to play after waiting so long!
Already 8hrs in thanks to my local amazon like webstore making a mistake hehe
Got an early copy and loving it to bits.
I have the physical version pre-ordered, really hoping Amazon delivers it to my house ASAP.
Currently playing thru Dream Drop and then 0.2 after, need to catch up.
I'm really annoyed that Simply Games haven't sent out my copy yet. It's technically out in about 17 hours and it's not even left their warehouses yet. I'm getting a sinking feeling there's a stock issue but they've selfishly decided to keep taking orders.
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