Report: PS4 will let you pre-load games starting in April

Infamous developer Sucker Punch says the functionality will arrive next month.

PlayStation 4 owners will be able to pre-load titles beginning next month, the Sony-owned Infamous: Second Son developer Sucker Punch Productions has said on Twitter.

"No preload until April," the studio said, responding to gamers who said they were eager to download the digital version of Second Son as soon as possible.

Sony has yet to officially announce pre-loading functionality for the PS4. But if any studio might know Sony's plans, it's likely to be a first-party developer like Sucker Punch.

Microsoft is also planning to introduce pre-loading for Xbox One games, though the company has not said when this functionality will be unlocked.

PC gamers have enjoyed pre-loading for a long time now, as both Steam and Origin allow users to download games and begin playing when the clock strikes midnight.

Infamous: Second Son launched today exclusively for PS4. For more, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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ad1x2
ad1x2

Since you have to install the game on the hard drive anyway but still need the disc inside the drive to play the game if you bought the disc version one option I wouldn't mind would be to download and install the game ahead of time and then as soon as you buy the retail copy you can pop it in and start playing. It would save some time versus waiting for it to install like now. Obviously this option may not work for people with data caps but not everybody has a cap. It would be great for people who aren't into digital distribution and still insist on hard copies.

nighterrorx
nighterrorx

Do you guys hear that??? That is the sound of Gamestop dying even more. LOL. You kind of felt Microsoft hinting at this with Titanfall release (but you felt them holding back because they couldn't afford for retail to be angry at them), But Sony (apparently with the bigger pair and not giving a damn about retail) coming right out and saying that pre-loading is coming. 


Now, come on...at least give us a $5.00 discount since we do not get disks, booklets, and a case -- is that too much to ask?

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

PS4 will allow me to pre-load games starting in April, which games?

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Seriously what they should do is a $10 greatest hits line after a game has reached certain sales numbers.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Now if only the prices of digital games were significantly lower than their retail counterparts, maybe people would actually buy digital copies.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

I really miss the days when I could get excited enough about a new game to count down until I could play.  Of course back then the issue was successfully getting your hands on a copy.  Ah, the days of cartridges and limited chip supply to make them.

themc_7
themc_7

Preload? As in have the console ships to you with the games of your choice preloaded on the HDD? meh

adro191
adro191

I was about to click "Order PS4 Now!" until i saw this picture

gamist
gamist

"No preload until April,"

Shows image of an erect console with...circles hanging.

modms11
modms11

I think there is something wrong with PS4 photo above..

am I the only one with a dirty mind :p

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

I wonder what good news will come out of Sony next week?  It's like Christmas every week!  Thanks Sony! 


Back to inFAMOUS Second Son!  The poor reviews were WRONG!! :)

FaisalSAMA
FaisalSAMA

A couple of weeks can fill the bill.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

it's a shame everything about these consoles is will be able to in the future. These add-on features should have been part of the console at it's release.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@BamaGoatt Still too soon for that, but after the first year or so, the greatest hits line should start since it was a part of all the other PS consoles. 

QuadDamage85
QuadDamage85

@randomkidlol  Just join one of the gamer clubs that certain retailers offer.  Best Buy has one where you get 20% off all game titles, which is absolutely amazing.  It might cost a bit up front, but as someone who purchases certain games (generally small studio titles) day one, it's a money saver.  Even if you wait for the AAA titles to go on sale a week after launch, which they typically do now-a-days, you still save a decent chunk of money.


And purchasing digital copies is a complete rip off.  You can't trade the games in and get any money back for them, and you have to constantly manage your hard drive (even if you expand it).

ButDuuude
ButDuuude

@randomkidlol   There's really no reason digital should be same price as physical copies.  I have only bought digital games this gen though.

deathstream
deathstream

@randomkidlol  


The sooner retailers are cut from the equation (which MS tried to do last May only to be greeted with the tears of crazies who fear change) the sooner it will happen.  You know why publishers get a way with low prices on PC?  Because the PC retail business has been dead in the water for years.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@randomkidlol  to be honest that is a double edged sword on one hand lower prices are nice on the other 500 GB doesn't stretch quite far enough to let me download everything.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@randomkidlol Sony have had a few good deals on their downloadable games (not at the same level as Steam.) Though this is through sales and not the retail value, which I agree is what needs to change if anyone's going to buy new games digital.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@youre_a_sheep  I agree with this, it's so funny how things have changed.  Not we just download a title at a snap of a finger.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@modms11 If your naughty bits in any way resemble the image above, see a doctor immediately.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

@modms11  

Now why did you have to go and put that image in my head? GTFO!

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

@CrusaderForever  Don't put any weight into metacritic, there's no method of ownership verification so the user reviews have zero credibility as far as I'm concerned.  90% of user reviews are either 10s or 0s it seems.  Even when it comes to critic reviews you have to take them with a grain of salt, there's plenty of money under the table when it comes to big business (especially with major exclusive titles in this case) so you can't expect all of them to be genuine.

blackace
blackace

@lonesamurai1 You are forgetting that both systems launched almost a year early. Microsoft was going to launch in Sept 2014 and they thought Sony would launch in Oct 2014. When Sony decided to launch in Nov 2013, Microsoft had to rush things. They the backlash from their reveal forced them to make a lot of huge changes in a short amount of time. That's why Microsoft seems to have the most update patches. 


If they had launched when they were suppose to, we wouldn't be getting all these add-ons.

unreal101
unreal101

@lonesamurai1 These are small conveniences, hardly essential features. All I ultimately care about is just being to run the game.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@QuadDamage85  I enjoy the convenience of digital downloads, i have plenty of hard drive space for all of the games i want, and the cost of me purchasing this stuff on sale digitally (steam of course) is still much lower than purchasing it at a retailer when its on sale.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@ButDuuude @randomkidlol  The large majority of my physical games are Wii games. Everything else is digital steam copies, which are purchased at ludicrously low prices during steam sales.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

That won't happen until the world over has better internet support. We are a decades away from that. This is why many stated they would not buy an xbox1 when it was first announced.

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

I installed a 1 tb hybrid drive in my ps4. Over 20 games on it now, not counting indies, still have around 500 gigs left.

deathstream
deathstream

@BamaGoatt @randomkidlol  


You have to install the games anyway.  I think Sony will eventually have to 180 and offer external HDD support like MS plans to.  Swapping out a HDD with increasingly bigger models is not a good way to operate.

themc_7
themc_7

@jacquelineferre @themc_7  ah, I see I missed this line: "allow users to download games and begin playing when the clock strikes midnight." I still say meh. So you get to start playing the game an hour or 2 earlier

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@blackace @CrusaderForever  I agree, there are some serious issues with people regarding review numbers. I mean if it doesn't get 9/10, that game is considered average, what the hell. I mean that not only leaves the entire number system unused, but saturation towards the top will make it hard to distinguish great games from the good.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

@blackace @CrusaderForeverWell, in all honesty this should be 90 metacritic rating.  There are some poor reviews.  Also, Delsin is a great character and shows compassion for people.  Not sure what's not to like.  Maybe in the first 10 minutes of the game. 

limelight022
limelight022

@deathstream @BamaGoatt@randomkidlolYeah why would i want to swap out for a bigger harddrive when i can have an external drive hooked up to my ps4 sitting on the top or side of the system. Or even on the floor. USB2.0 is plenty fast for the future.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Using up bandwidth is an issue for many people. As for the HDD swap, it's very easy and usually cheap, but external support would be nice.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

@Xristophoros @CrusaderForever@blackaceUmm, where did I say an 80 metacritic is poor?  I am talking about the poor REVIEWS of 6/10.  80 is a great rating, just think this is a 90 metacritic game.  Take it easy, it's just my honest opinion.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@CrusaderForever @blackace  if you think an 80 score is "poor" then you need to change your expectations and look at games more critically. far too many games have been given a free pass over the years, especially nintendo franchises. people have become snobby and need to see 9s or 10s or else they trash it. very few games actually deserve scores in that bracket. infamous was fairly judged. an 80 is great and a must buy in my books. 

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@lonesamurai1 @unreal101  even if they had a 10 year window to develop and launch the console, there would STILL be half-baked or missing features. that is just how it is with technology. even tvs and dvd players receive firmware updates years after they release. i see your point and it is valid to an extent, but your expectations are a bit far fetched.

ischiasal
ischiasal

@lonesamurai1 @unreal101i totally agree , they should have postponed the resale in March . INSTEAD they wanted release in the Christmas time , to sell more