PS4: Top Tips for Game Release Prep

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New games release each week on the PlayStation Store and we want to help prepare you to get ready for your favorite titles.

​Below are some tips on ways to best leverage your PS4™ to avoid any problems with your purchased content, and to get you gaming as soon as possible.

1. Pre-Order Your Game

The first thing to do is to purchase the game you want before launch! You can find a selection of upcoming titles in the Coming Soon section of the PlayStation™Store. Make sure you have your payment options in order and see PS4: How to Pre-Order and Automatically Download Games for information on how to find titles and setting up automatic downloads for games.


2. Check Size of Download

Check the file size of the game you purchased and if you will have enough hard drive space on your system for it. These instructions can be used for your PS4 or your web browser.

Step 1: Go to the PlayStation Store from the home screen or your web browser.
Step 2: Once the store is open, select Search.
Step 3: Select the game you purchased in the Search bar.
Step 4: On the game's product page, scroll down to view the game file size under Description.


3. Check Your Disc Space

Check your Storage to see if you have enough space to download the title. Check to see if you have double the file size available in order to successfully download your game. To check your disc space:

Step 1: Go to Settings > Storage > System Storage.
Step 2: Here you can see your available storage space and various file categories.


4. Make Room for Game Downloads

Depending on the size of your hard drive (HDD), you may need to delete some games or other applications in order to make room for your upcoming game. See below for instructions on how to free up HDD space:

Step 1: Go to Settings > StorageSystem Storage > Applications
Step 2: Highlight an application you want to delete and press Options.
Step 3: Select the application(s) you want to Delete.


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5. Set Up Automatic Download

If you haven't already set your system for automatic download, read this article: Enable Automatic Download and Install of PS4 Content


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