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Playstation 4 introduces pre-loading

Playstation 4 introduces pre-loading

The first game to be available for pre-loading will be Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, which is due for release later this month.

The Playstation 4 now supports the downloading and installing of a range of digital titles before they are officially released.

A pre-loading plan announced by Sony brings the Playstation 4’s digital service in line with what PC gamers are used to. Games installed before the release date will not be playable, but it does mean that a pre-ordered game can be prepared so that players can jump in straight away on day one.

Pre-ordered titles will be automatically downloaded and installed on the attached Playstation 4 by default so long as the console remains in standby mode. The pre-installed games will also display a countdown timer telling players how much longer they will have to wait before they can access the title.

The first game to be available to pre-load is Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark which releases on June 24. Other games that will support pre-loading include Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bloodborne, Battlefield Hardline, Far Cry 4 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

This functionality will also be coming to Playstation 3 orders in the near future.

During E3, several games were announced for Sony’s newest console including Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet 3 and Dark Souls developer From Software’s Bloodborne.

Further details were also revealed for Uncharted 4, The Order 1886 and there was a surprise appearance from LucasArts classic Grim Fandango which will be seeing a Playstation 4 and PS Vita release.

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damien c 19th June 2014, 09:23 Quote
It's a good idea but the prices of games are always stupidly higher when buying it on the consoles though from what I have noticed.

I know it's Xbox but Ghosts on the Xbox Store is about £55 but you can buy it brand new on disc for £35 from places, and to be honest I can handle waiting a day or two if required in order to not over pay for games.
Harlequin 19th June 2014, 09:34 Quote
^^ second hand ghosts is about a tenner ;)
ChaosDefinesOrder 19th June 2014, 11:31 Quote
The console game price mark-up is borderline obscene...

I worked it out a while ago that assuming my entire Steam library was purchased at full release-day price (it wasn't) and that the Steam price is £10 cheaper than the boxed release price of the console equivalent, then I have saved more than £1000 before factoring in sale prices etc. which actually offsets the cost of my decent spec rig in the first place....
Umbra 19th June 2014, 11:45 Quote
Nice, now PS4 owners can waste their money and be the first to own games that run like carp, yeh Watch Dogs, talking about you
ModSquid 19th June 2014, 13:42 Quote
Might just be me, but the Transformers font on that picture had me scratching my head for a few seconds, wondering what exactly happens when a Dark Spank Rises.
samkiller42 19th June 2014, 17:24 Quote
Nice, i wonder if Microsoft will do something similar on Xbox, i know a few people with slow connections having to wait upwards of 24h just to download a game.

Sam
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