For those who digitally download their gaming titles instead of going down the street to their local gaming shop, Sony will soon allow users to download and install games onto their hard drives even before the release date, just like PC users have with Steam.
This is just another push towards the gaming retail market becoming obsolete, soon the days of searching the shelves for the best gaming deals, will become as easy as pushing the X button on your PlayStation controller. One would ask why now? Well let’s be honest, the PlayStation Network isn’t as fast as its console counterparts. Many People have become aggravated with the endless downloading bars that accompany digitally bought games and DLC.
With this new system, launch day for certain games will be less problematic, as everyone who snaps up a major title tries to download it at the same time, thus causing a lot of traffic on Sony’s end. It’s not known how the process will work come the release date of a game, if you have to download a certain file to unlock the game or if having a PlayStation Plus membership gives you any special features. We do know you will be charged for the pre-buy purchase two days before release.
The first game to commence the pre-loading fiesta will be “Sorcery”, which throws you into the boots of a sorcerer’s young apprentice led into the realm of the dead by his master’s magical cat. Here, you must completely wipe out everything he cares about to stop a universe-destroying evil. The game will also be PlayStation Move compatible and is available to pre-load on the PlayStation Network now, until it’s May 22nd release. To get all the details on how the capability will work, check out the official FAQ.
I dunno about you, I like walking to my local game shop in search of good deals and special offers, but I’m old-fashioned. Let us know what you think about the new pre-loading feature in the comments.