Preloading games is usually a feature available for the PC/Mac. What it does is that it allows gamers to download the necessary content onto their computers, so that once the game’s servers are live, all they’d have to do is login and they can start playing right off the bat! This saves users a lot of time from having to fight for bandwidth with other gamers who are downloading the content on the day itself. Unfortunately this is a feature that was not made available to consoles, at least until recently. In a blog post by Sony on the PlayStation Blog, the company announced the preloading games for the PlayStation 4 will be kicking off next week, starting with Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark which will be released on the 24th of June.
One of the roadblocks to really enjoying an all-digital game collection is that it’s a lot faster to drive to the store and buy a new PlayStation 4 release at midnight than it is to snag it off of the PSN Store. Sony’s been prepping a fix for this for awhile now, but we thought it wouldn’t be starting until this fall. That changes today, with a post on the PlayStation Blogstating that any purchases made on or after May 20th this year will take advantage of the games automatically downloading and installing in advance, and the first big title to do so is next week’s Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. Next up after that is the DLC pack forInfamous: Second Son, dubbed First Light, and then holiday season heavy hitters like LittleBigPlanet 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Curiously missing, however, is the remastered version of The Last of Us due out next month. This feature is coming to digital preorders made on the PS3 too, in case you haven’t upgraded just yet, too. Pretty handy, right?