Sony briefly spoke about digital downloads during the February 20 event, mentioning features such as background downloading. Now the company has confirmed that all PlayStation 4 games will be available as digital downloads, while some will also be available in retail.
The PS4 also supports different business models, such as free-to-play and subscription-base games. While Sony revealed many of the PS4 specs last week, they didn’t reveal how big the internal hard drive would be. Since PlayStation 4 games will easily weigh in at dozens of GB, even a modestly large hard drive will quickly get filled up.
One of the features Sony talked about in regards to game downloads was an intelligent way of predicting what a player would purchase. The system would monitor what kind of games you play and will predict which games you might purchase in the future. The system will download a game it thinks you might buy, so when you buy it, it’s ready to go. Hopefully this can be turned off in order to save bandwidth.
Sony has more great features when it comes to game downloads: players won’t have to wait for the entire game to download before they start playing. They can play the beginning of the game as the rest is downloaded in the background. The PlayStation 4 even has a special processor to handle background tasks, which frees up system resources for the games.