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PS4 Gets Pre-Loading Feature In April

This is a feature that could prove very useful to hardcore gamers.

According to inFamous: Second Son developer Sucker Punch, PlayStation 4 owners will be able to pre-load titles at the start of next month. That's pretty damn soon.

The studio made this announcement on their Twitter page:

"No preload on PS4 until April and for North America, the PS Store will update at midnight PSTůso 3am EST."

Officially, Sony hasn't revealed details for pre-loading functionality on their new system, but it's likely that Sucker Punch knows what they're talking about. For the record, this feature isn't available on the Xbox One yet, either, although PC gamers have enjoyed pre-loading for a while, as both Steam and Origin lets users start playing their downloaded games after midnight on launch day.

I'm not sure I'd ever be quite that anticipatory but hey, some people just can't wait.

Tags: playstation 4, ps4, ps4 pre load games, preloading games ps4

3/21/2014 9:28:30 PM John Shepard

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Comments (16 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 10:42:41 PM
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Maybe people can hold pre-load parties where they drink until the midnight release on a console?

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Banky A
Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 11:22:03 PM

Sounds like we really can.

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johnld
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 1:21:42 AM
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this is a good thing as i want to get the download out of the way before game launches.game comes out and i cant play it for hours because of downloads, i rather buy theretail copy. i dont have the fastest internet, wouldve switched to a faster one if it wasnt for stupid monthly bandwidth allowance bs. as the ps4 stands now, this will be a pain in the butt for me. the fact that the ps4 lacks the ability to pause downloads is a huge oversight by sony. i have auto updates on and ps4 would download everything at the same time basically making it impossible to play a game online. what if while im downloading a game and a bunch of game updates justauto downloads.. or what if i want 2 games... it would just slow everhthing down. i have to download everything one at a time. i want to set everything up, then if i want to do something, just pause downloads.

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Beamboom
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 3:34:52 AM
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This is a great feature to neutralize the argument that "with these huge downloads I might just as well head to the store and buy the damn thing".

Also it builds anticipation, it creates an event that minute past midnight where thousands of players can fire up their game at the same time.

It also evens out the "unfairness" in different gamers having different bandwidth, forcing some to wait for hours while others can start playing.

All in all, this is an obvious feature for online distribution services. Not to mention Steam has done this a long time already. The others gotta match the competition.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 4:20:18 AM

Thousands of gamers can fire up their systems at once... and crash the servers on the multiplayer lol.

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Beamboom
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 6:30:21 AM

That is of course very true. :)
But at the very least they may dramatically ease the file transfer load on the servers around launch.

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Dell Taco
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 10:55:18 AM

Preloadeding really is a great feature just for the fact you stated. I mean really I want to play some games the day they come out, and it really is faster to go to the store to buy it then to download these huge next gen games.

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___________
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 3:49:51 AM
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aaaaaah, yay?
$ony seriously needs to get their priorities straight!
they give us crappy social features, remove video encoding locks, and pre downloading, before we get the pause and resume standby feature?
seriously?
thats like a car manufacture saying ok every time someone starts up our car it bursts into flame, but more importantly some people are upset theres no ipod connectivity, so lets fix that first.
WTF!?

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Beamboom
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 6:34:53 AM

Could it just possibly be that they are working on everything, just some things require more work than others? Is that a scenario that is even thinkable to you?
Or would you really rather prefer that they launched *no* updates, nothing on anything until they were done with the issue you find most important? Hold back everything else, even if it took just a few weeks to fix?

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___________
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 9:09:04 AM

thats the whole point of prioritization and moving developers onto things that are more important, especially if there taking longer.

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Beamboom
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 12:00:03 PM

You're talking like you imagine Sony being a few guys sitting in a livingroom writing code in their spare time, discussing, "so what should we write now?"

A project like this, an entire OS and tools for a platform with millions of networked users is a very large and complex project with many, many developers working asynchronous on each their part. It's not like they all work on the same thing, or even *can* work on the same thing.

Also, it's extremely likely that some parts needs to be in place before they can finalize other parts.
Think of this like building a house, where the electrician is waiting for the plumber to be done with his work first, so he can start stretching his cables in the walls. A software project of this magnitude have tons of these similar kind of dependencies.

Maybe it's as simple as that they *had* to get this done before they could finish up the work on the rest.

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Harerazer
Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 10:38:11 AM

This is a simple "Fix MY issue first because I'm more important than anyone else. Wah wah wah" complaint. If nothing were getting patched/improved then I would agree with all the bitching in the world but just because Sony isn't catering to your specific needs doesn't devalue what they are doing.
Also, the "building the house" scenario is very eye-opening. Some things have to happen before other things happen. You wanna build the roof before the walls? Go ahead but then the roof still has to sit on the side so why not wait?

At what point will people realize the world does not revolve around them?

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PlatformGamerNZ
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 6:25:00 AM
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this will be helpful for digital down loads but not so much discs which is why i think they want us to go digital we we'll see about that

happy gaming =)

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Banky A
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 5:36:34 PM

what are you talking about

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Ignitus
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 3:09:04 AM

I agree. And if Sony expects me to go digital, it better works on the pricing AND external storage support. Those 400GB are a joke this gen.

C'on put those speedy USB 3.0 ports to good use.

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VictorDeLeon
Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 12:26:55 PM
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I can't understand the need of playing a game at 00.01 on launch day

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