Earlier this year we brought word that Sony would finally be allowing pre-loading of digital games on PS4. For years, gamers had been requesting the feature to alleviate the wait time between purchase and download, and Sony was finally going to give them their wish.
When Sony first announced pre-loading they revealed that the feature would launch alongside Bungie’s new MMO-esque shooter Destiny, which is slated to hit this September. As it turns out, though, that was not the case. Sony is ready to roll on PS4 pre-loading very soon, and the first game to support it is right around the corner.
In a new post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Digital Distribution Manager Chieh Chen reveals that many of the high profile titles on-hand at Sony’s E3 2014 press conference will support pre-loading when they launch. Games like Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will all take advantage of the feature, but all three of those games aren’t slated to release until sometime next year.
Next week, however, PS4 gamers will get their first taste of pre-loading with Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, Edge of Reality’s new robots in disguise title. Meant to tie-in, or at least share a big marketing push with, Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, Rise of the Dark Spark isn’t necessarily the type of massive title that Destiny is, but the game’s support for pre-loading may help push digital sales among PS4 owners.
While Sony wouldn’t make any guarantees it sounds like any game available for pre-order after May 20, 2014 will support pre-loading. That includes 2014 releases like Battlefield: Hardline, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. For a full list of titles Sony is highlighting as pre-load compatible, see below:
Ultimately, the decision to support pre-loading sooner than expected is a good thing. For years, PC gamers have enjoyed the benefits of pre-loading a game the night or the week before a game releases, specifically the ability to start (not start downloading) a game the second it unlocks.
Now, PS4 gamers will finally be able to enjoy the benefits of pre-loading and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Digital games are presumably only going to get larger in size the deeper we get into this console cycle, so any way players can shorten the time between purchase, download, and play is a welcome advantage.
With Sony already showing their hand as far as new and useful features, the question now becomes how much longer Xbox One owners have to wait before they too can enjoy pre-loading. If Microsoft was smart they would roll out the feature before the big fall rush, but we’ll have to see if they do. PS4 owners, on the other hand, won’t have to wait long at all.
Which game will be your first PS4 pre-loading experience? How important is pre-loading to you?
Source: PlayStation Blog
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