Purchasing downloadable titles on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 is about to get much easier. As of next week, both consoles will have the ability to automatically download and install games to their hard drives before the games' release dates.
“Automatic pre-load on PS4 allows you to download pre-ordered games before the release date, so you can get into your games after they’re released faster than ever,” Chieh Chen, digital distribution manager at Sony Network Entertainment, said on the PlayStation blog Wednesday. “We all know that some of the biggest games can take a while to download, and with the pre-load functionality, you’ll be able to download and install those huge files up to several days in advance. And any titles you’ve pre-ordered will be automatically pre-loaded and auto-downloaded to your PS4 system by default. All you have to do is pre-order the game, make sure your PS4 remains in standby mode, and sit back and relax.”
PlayStation owners can simply pre-order the desired title through the PlayStation Store. To ensure promptness, keep your device in standby mode when you’re not using it so it will have access to the network. Your console is in standby mode if the light is glowing yellow.
The first available title for pre-loading is Activision’s upcoming “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark,” which will launch June 24 for the PC, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.
Sony also revealed a list of upcoming titles that will be available for pre-loading in the near future.
Battlefield Hardline - $59.99
Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition - $69.99
Bloodborne - $59.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - $59.99
Destiny - $59.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition - $59.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition - $69.99
Far Cry 4 - $59.99
inFAMOUS First Light - $14.99
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare - $39.99
LittleBigPlanet 3 - $59.99
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - $59.99
The Order: 1886 - $59.99
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - $59.99
We're especially excited for "Uncharted 4," which will launch sometime in 2015.
What games are you looking forward to? What do you think of Sony's preloading feature? Tell us in the comments.