How to pre-install a pre-ordered PlayStation 4 game

Get ready to play on Day One.


Downloading games can take hours, especially if you have a slow internet connection. This isn’t ideal when the future is increasingly becoming digital and we want to jump into our games as quickly as possible. Luckily, we can pre-install games that we have pre-ordered on PlayStation 4 so we can start playing as soon as the game unlocks after its release. Here’s how to do just that.

Our top picks

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 ($60)
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake ($60)
  • Anthem ($60)

The Guide

First, scroll to your Library from the home screen.

Navigate to the Purchased section.


Select the pre-ordered game that you want to pre-install.

At this point, you’ll see a page with a countdown timer. If the game supports pre-installation, it should automatically do so within about 48 hours before the game is set to launch.

How to enable automatic downloads

From the home screen, go to Settings.

Scroll down to System.


Select Automatic Downloads.

Make sure that Application Update Files is checked.


Even after your game is pre-installed, you will not be able to play it early before its official release. You’ll still need to wait until the game unlocks after its release date. If you would like to do this process manually instead of having the game automatically download when available, follow the first set of steps again to do so about two days before the game’s launch if it is a title that supports pre-installation.

Below you’ll find a few upcoming games that we recommend picking up.

Our pick

Kingdom Hearts 3


$60 at PlayStation

Sora’s journey continues.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the most highly anticipated games out there. Don’t miss out when it releases in January and make sure you can jump in right after it unlocks digitally without needing to wait for it to download while others have fun.

Our pick

Resident Evil 2 Remake


$60 at PlayStation

Classic survival horror.

Leon Kennedy is soon to be back and better than ever. Jump into the classic zombie survival horror experience completely remastered for 2018. You thought it was scary 20 years ago? Just wait until you see it now.

Our pick



$60 at PlayStation

BioWare’s newest venture.

Dragon Age and Mass Effect are stepping aside for the time being to make room for BioWare’s newest venture, Anthem. This shared-world shooter is set to be a lot like Destiny but with BioWare’s distinct flavor.