It seems like the PlayStation 4 will now automatically download entire games you haven't even bought if you have the 'Featured Content' setting enabled in your option.
Ok, that freaking odd. Really, Sony ? Edit : i’m just disable the feature content. But can someone tell me was this feature have before or just appear right now ?
Maybe this is going to be a feature built into its streaming service, which would be a good option.
@Brian7655492 "Maybe this is going to be a feature built into its streaming service, which would be a good option" I don't think it means Playstation Now the streaming service lol, I think he's saying "Playstation now downloads stuff" if you tick the featured content box, ie it downloads featured content presented on the front screen ..... I read it the same as you first time , "PlayStation 4 Now Automatically Downloads Full Games If You Enabled 'Featured Content'" the title is really easy to misread, i wonder if thats what the author was aiming for?
You do realize streaming means you don't have to download a game right?
The idea of PSNOW is that there is virtually no download, you can play any game instantly without waiting. It's streaming basically in real time. So no.
Last month my PS4 downloaded Destiny 2 as some sort of promotion. It's easy to disable but the concept of it is just stupid and wasteful.
System/Automatic Download/featured Content for people looking for it. It already was talked about when it allowed advertisement like Destiny icon appearing on the home screen I unticked that box long ago
I've not seen any games download automatically to my system, but then again I dont buy digital games on the regular like that since this seems to work based off ppls buying habits.
The feature has nothing to do with whether you download digital games. By default the ‘Featured Content’ checkbox is unchecked. If you buy a digital game you have the option of immediately downloading or deferring until a later time. This is pretty much the same if you have a PS+ subscription where you only download the free games when you want to. Until then the game information is placed in your library for later download at your convenience.
I would only allow features content to download full game, if the game it given for free.
Sony is turning into Skynet
Next thing you know, they'll come up with a crazy plan to have check-ins and mandate a PlayStation camera be connected. Wait a minute...
It's been an option all along, as far as I remember. You have to turn it on in the automatic download settings. Not something I would ever do.
The key words are "If you have enabled the ‘Featured Content’ option in Settings > System > Automatic Downloads." By default (just checked), the box for ‘Featured Content’ is not ticked. Basically, you have to "opt-in" unlike some popular operating systems and applications. Of course, it doesn't hurt to check (takes a few seconds) if you are worried about downloading stuff you don't want.
If you're unsure if you have it enabled, look to see if you have games you've never bought advertised on the PS4s interface. I remember hearing about Destiny 2 popping up on people's interface that had the option checked when it came out. Either way, it's opt-in so you know what you're getting into
This would be an amazing feature if we had the choice. Like, I choose NK2 and then if I choose not to buy it just deletes. But if I do, it's already there.
The setting has been there for years but it seems Sony may have only recently began utilizing it. I disabled it long before the Destiny 2 controversy because it explicitly explains what the setting does.
Its an option you can enable dum dum, *slap* shaddddaaaaapp! This is a feature for people who have a high probability of buy a few new game releases and have no data problems when they are away.
Making sure this option is disabled for me
Was it there before or just appear right now ? I can’t remember.
I don't remember lol. I don't look at the settings too often. #Helpful
its been there since destiny 1
This has been an option in the menu for years, now...
It's been there, but it never downloaded a full game before.
The 'Featured Content’ checkbox is in Settings > System > Automatic Downloads By default it is unchecked but it doesn't hurt to check.
I already disabled the "Featured Content" in Settings a long time ago, but considering that nonsense like this is always auto-checked by default in this day & age whenever you buy a new electronic device, it's best to go through all the settings with a fine toothed comb before you do anything else. At least Sony has never tampered with any of my Settings with each successive Update. Apple brutally tampers with your Settings configuration on all of their devices...
whaaaaat? Well that setting will be unchecked when I get home tonight.
same. I didn't even know this was a thing lol
By default the 'Featured Content’ checkbox is unchecked but it would be best to check this.
So, what is this feature? I have Playstation Now, but could not play because my internet speed was not up to par... Is this telling me I could have been downloading the games instead?
This is PS4 in general, not PSNow. My mistake.
The title is misunderstood. It is "Playstation Now", were you have to pay monthly and get 500+ plus games. It doesn't mean that "now Playstation" can automatically download full games with enabled 'Featured Content', because that option is already there for a long time
so then why did Shadow of the Colossus download for the person who wrote the article? That had nothing to do with Playstation Now. PS Now is a streaming service..
No, you have it backwards.
I don't understand what ppl are pretending to be mad about? The option has been there for years, it's set to off by default unless you physically change it, and it's not purchasing content for you. It's basically a non issue but ppl can pretend to be outraged.
hmm.. the person who wrote the article claims they never changed anything though. I haven't had a chance to look at the feature myself, but if you say it's off by default then that is good news. Thanks for pointing that out.
That’s unacceptable especially with how limited space so many people might have
It's just a setting. It's not on by default. You have to turn it on.
It shouldn’t be a setting in the first place
Why not, I keep hearing from all you fanboys how options are good. Not that I would ever choose such a retarded option but hey... Who am I to judge.
GTFO with your childish labeling BS There’s no benefit to having a game you have. intent on purchasing yet download onto your system
What about the people who want it?
but i like the setting. so WTF makes you special?
It's a marketing thing. If it's on your system, it gains exposure so you look at it and might buy it. If it's already on you're system so you don't have to wait to download it, then it's even more tempting. It's also worth noting that it only downloads the part needed to start the game. Not the full game...kind of like how normal downloads work. Is it right? Ij personally don't like obtrusive marketing. But this is optional, and not on by default. Since its a feature that serves one purpose and isn't on by default which is more typical, then leave it off and don't worry about it.
omg, the shit that is going on in the world and this is what you thnk is "unacceptable" ?
Yet he spends time here being outraged when he could simply take 20 seconds to make sure the option is set to off.
You have literally spent more time in this article being fake outraged than the time it could've taken to simply turn the option off, an option that is set to off by default anyway..
Interesting but not right
How is this "interesting", its bad no matter how you look at it.
Why is it bad when it's completely optional?
It's not interesting and it's not bad either, it's just an option. It's a load of nothing really, i can't believe a story like this is the biggest on the site right now.
Interesting is all you usually say.... glad to see you branched out a bit haha XD
It's on by default apparently, which makes it even worse. I bet y'all are the same guys who bash Xbox for giving us EA Access and Game Pass as an option.
This isn't new. I noticed something in my menu that I hadn't downloaded, so I deleted it, and turned off the feature. This was at least a few years ago, now...
I just never turned the feature on. The description. Said what it did, and since I didn't want it, I've never used it. If Sony had it on by default, which is more typical for companies nowadays(see any mobile phone with similar marketing annoyances) then I'd think that was not really appropriate. I'd still turn it off, maybe grumble about the principal when the topic came up, then move on with my life.
So as in free games or PS+ games it will just auto download them now?
No it's featured games, so games with heavy adverts, aka destiny 2 got downloaded on a few of my friends accounts
Better disable it then if you've data cap.
You think its ok even if no data cap? Cant think of many reasons I'd want games automatically downloaded that I had not pre-ordered.
i live paycheck to paycheck but will maybe buy a couple AAA games a year and this feature is good for me if I'm understanding this right. Friday's payday so i can download God Of War a few days before and when i get off work i can cash my check and go home, purchase the game, and start playing right away. not bad..... f I'm understanding it right.
i cant wait for all games to go digital and kill of retailers. physical media is holding back progress . i know, i know not everyone has fast internet.
Without mentions Internet speed. Let all games only digital so you can never sell things are actually yours, can't trade smoothly, can't giveaway for friend or something, and buying 3 years old games with 59.99$ as if its new game. Consoles stores are lame.
uhm that was going to happen until everyone started crying back in 2013. all they need is the ability to trade digital games and end of story. the days of going to a store to get 15 bucks for your game you paid 60 for are going away. console stores are lame because the prices for used games are retarted. if they add trading or some sort of digital return for money then why have discs at all. i know the good reasons behind owning disc but those days are slowly fading away and instead of everyone embracing it people still want to hold everyone back just so they can have a physical disc. people can fight and scream and kick but discs are going bye bye and everyone who still begs for physical media is holding everyone else back that wants to move forward quick example. cloud gaming is laughed at now, mainly because ms wanted to do it first but either way its laughed at and hated because it means you need internet. but in 10 years from now cloud gaming will be the rage and everyone will be loving it but instead of accepting it now we have gamers hating on it and that slows down everything even thought the same haters will be playing cloud games when it arrives
Ms had no reason to remove the ability to sell digital games. They may have even been considered foward thinking. People weren't complaining about the digital, they were complaining because ms wanted to control the physical. But since ms didn't get their way, they took their toys and any.positive thing that thetheyh may have brought to digital and cried in the corner. That isn't physical or the consumer holding back digital. That is the industry holding it back. Digital is free to move forward independent of physical, and the two can coexist quite easily. It doesn't have to be either or. When the industry stops holding back digital, then maybe they'll make it now attractive and gain more revenue that way. But it seems that what will make it more attractive to many, is simply giving the ownership and peace of mind that physical offers. So its not physical holding back digital, it's that digital needs to catch up to physical, instead of just trying to be number one because it's the only option
Bolimekurac, what you've just typed is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent comment were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this website is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul...
your one of those sitting around waiting for the ps5, how cute. its going to be a long 3 years
Yes! Bahaha. My family says this all the time, great movie.
Beautifully apt use of that iconic movie quote. It fits the situation perfectly.
I have more digital games than physical copies however I do check prices before I make a purchase since on occasion a physical game can be cheaper. Obviously, if the game you want to purchase is new you are going to pay full price but if you don't mind keeping your eyes out for sales (both digital and physical) then you can get bargains. @InKnight7s You are quite right in saying that a digital game can't be traded or given away currently, although it is possible that "gifting" may be made available in the future. I think Microsoft has hinted this (or have they done this?) for the XB1. Very few games hold their original price after three years although I have seen some digital games keep their original price for two years. To be fair if you are willing to wait for a digital sale you can get bargains which can be better than second-hand physical games. The key to getting a good deal is to compare both physical and digital game prices during sales.