Sony launches pre-download feature for PS3 games
The Sony PlayStation 3 is a mean piece of gaming hardware, but one of the drawbacks of its undoubted power is that downloading games over the PlayStation Network can take a lifetime.
Well, the good news is that Sony has heard your sighs of frustration and has rolled out a new feature that pre-downloads upcoming titles in advance so you can get stuck into your latest gaming fix without any delay.
It’s effectively like pre-ordering, an option that’s widely used in the run-up to big tech hardware launches where putting down your name – and your cash – in advance makes sure there’s a unit with your name on it on launch day no matter how popular the device proves to be. Gaming platform Steam has already dabbled with the idea itself for PC users, but Sony’s system would be a first for consoles.
Either way, the point is obviously nothing to do with scarcity – it’s simply a matter of not having to wait to get stuck into new games once you’ve forked over your hard-earned cash, which is a worthy enough cause to our minds.
Gaming site Gamasutra claims that the service will debut next week with the release of the PlayStation Move-enabled Sorcery, and presumably will be scaled up going forward.