The upcoming 1.70 update for PlayStation 4 adds a crucial feature that PC gamers have had for a long time: the ability to pre-load. As with Steam, once a digital game is pre-ordered via the PlayStation Store, it will start to download onto the console. That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to play the game right away. Instead, you’ll be able to play it once the game is “unlocked” on release day.
Once pre-loaded, “there will be a countdown that starts when the official time of release is announced,” SCEA director Scott McCarthy confirmed on the PlayStation.Blog. Given games like Infamous: Second Son are 20GB, it’s nice to shave off a few hours of download time and get right to playing as soon as possible.