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PS4: How to Pre-Order and Automatically Download Games

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This article provides information on how to pre-order games on your PlayStation®4, and how to set up and monitor automatic downloads.

How to Pre-Order Digital Game Content on PS4™

Step 1: Choose the PlayStation Store from the home screen.
Step 2: Once the store is open, select Search.
Step 3: Search for the name of the game you'd like to pre-order and select the game title once found.
Step 4: On the Product Detail Page, choose the Add to Cart or Pre-Order option and complete your purchase.

 

What Happens After You Pre-Order

If your PS4™ has automatic downloads already enabled, several days before the game's launch, the system will automatically download the game file. Upon release day, you will be able to play your game without having to wait for the game to download. If you don't have this feature enabled, check Enable Automatic Download and Install of PS4 Content for instructions.

 

How to Check When Games Automatically Download

Once you have pre-ordered and confirmed your purchase in the PlayStation™Store, you can view countdown timer details on when the game is playable:

Step 1: Go to Library > Purchased > highlight and select the pre-ordered title.
Step 2: On the following page, highlight and click the countdown timer.
Step 3: You can then view the date when automatic download may occur (if the title supports pre-release download).

 

How to Check When the Game Launches

You can go to the same page described above to see when you can play your game:

Step 1: Go to Library > Purchased > highlight and select the pre-ordered title.
Step 2: On the following page, highlight and click the countdown timer.
Step 3: You can then view time remaining until game release and auto download details if they exist.

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