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PS4 Titles Will Be Available Day-1 On PSN, Allows Remote Pre-Loading

By William Usher 2013-02-26 11:09:29 discussion comments
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One of the big benefits of Steam is the ability to pre-load games before they actually release. This is a really neat feature where you can setup a game to download silently in the background. Well, Sony is adopting this same feature and they're taking it one step further with remote pre-loading.

So what's this talk of remote pre-loading? Well, PlayStation LifeStyle pulled quotes from Sony's Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida in his interview with the Guardian, where he notes...
I believe itís very important for the platform to have a wide variety of developers making things that are unique and creative. Weíre shifting our platform more and more to the digital side Ė PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc.

This is great news for those of you out there with super-fast connection speeds where you can afford to download games at the brisk pace of a gazelle sprinting across the arid plains of Africa. But the real highlight is the ability to remotely access your account and add games when you're not even near your console thanks to the low-power mode built into the PS4, with Yoshida noting...
ďI find myself spending more time playing Vita games and I think part of the reason for that is itís immediate. I can stop at any time without quitting and itís instantaneous to start again. I donít have to quit out or reboot. Itís wonderful. Thatís one part of immediacy Ė the other is waiting for downloads. Thatís ridiculous, thatís crazy! We want to get out of this madness with PlayStation 4. The games are big, theyíre 50GB; download isnít instantaneous. So weíre making purchase available from any device, so when youíre at work, you can spend a couple of moments looking at PlayStation Store and choosing a game, and straight away it starts to download at home. It may take a couple of hours but thatís okay because youíre still at work.

ďAlso, similarly to progressive download on some movie services, you donít have to wait for all the data to download before you start playing. Once you have the minimum amount of data downloaded you can begin the game, and while you play, the remaining data downloads. It takes some engineering input from developers so weíre talking to the community. Weíre evangelising it.Ē

That's pretty wicked. You could pre-load the game from work and then, I'm guessing, Gaikai-it when you get home until the download completely finishes.

Given the piss-poor connection speeds here in America and the data caps implemented by many ISPs, I don't see the download option taking any sort of precedence over the bread and butter that is retail, but it's nice Sony is already thinking ahead of what our current internet and data infrastructure allows.
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