How to pre-install a preordered PlayStation 4 game

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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 preordered 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

  • The sequel to a modern classic: The Last of Us Part II ($60 at PlayStation Store)
    • A remake that’s finally coming: Final Fantasy 7 Remake ($60 at PlayStation Store)
    • Rip and tear again: Doom Eternal ($60 at PlayStation Store)

The Guide

First, scroll to your Library from the home screen.

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Navigate to the Purchased section.

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Select the preordered 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.

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Scroll down to System.

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Select Automatic Downloads.

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Make sure that Application Update Files is checked.

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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

The Last of Us Part II

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$60 at PlayStation Store

It all ends here

Ellie’s harrowing journey looks to take her on the bloody path of revenge, but against what we’re not sure of yet. Whatever the situation, Joel is there to have her back.

Our pick

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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$60 at PlayStation Store

Welcome to Midgar

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is the first part of the classic game, retold in bigger fashion than ever before. Stunning graphics and a new combat system bring life to the adventures of Cloud, Tifa and others in a way never seen before.

Our pick

Doom Eternal

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$60 at PlayStation Store

They are rage, you are worse

Doom Eternal brings everything players loved about the Doom 2016 game with even more executions, more demons, more campaign and more brutal combat.