Pre-Loading Could Be Coming To PS4
Do you know what’s great about Steam? Well, PC gaming in general apart from the fact that you can sit above the pit of squabbling console gamers and laugh at their graphics debates. It’s the fact that you can preload games so that as soon as the officially releases, it’s there for you to play. No need to wait for it to download or anything.
That would be an incredibly good feature to have on consoles as well seeing as half the PS4 games I’ve reviewed have been downloaded and Sony as well as Microsoft are eager to push us towards digital distribution.
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Speaking with Polygon today, a Sony rep was unwilling to confirm that the feature is planned for an April update, or any update, admitting only that the feature was being ‘considered’.
“We know that it is the feature you’ve been asking for and we are considering it accordingly,” said the rep.
“We do not have specific details to announce at this point in time, but stay tuned for upcoming announcements about system updates and added features.”
A series of tweets from infamous; second Son developer Sucker Punch claimed that the feature would be coming to PS4 via an update in April.
At this point it’s all a rumour then but if Sony is serious about moving us into a digital future free of physical discs then this would be a step in the right direction.
An update is currently set to release in a few weeks for the console and it’s got some welcome features. A “rich video editor” is promised if you’re into that sort of thing. The console will also support exporting of captured gameplay and screenshots to USB devices. Most importantly, a firmware update will include a ‘HDCP off’ option. This will allow players to deactivate capture protection and stream gameplay footage through HDMI using a capture card. This will allow devices such as the Elgato to be used on the PS4.