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Exclusive: EU PSN Store Gets Steam-like "Pre-Order" Functionality

Buy Sorcery now!

Whilst technically there’s no risk in waiting to buy a digital game when it comes out, SCEE have added a feature to the PSN Store today that allows users to “pre-order” a download.

Sorcery is the first game to offer this functionality – you can pay for the game now, download it, and then next week it’ll just magically (pun intended) unlock, letting you play the game.

Read our hands on with Sorcery here, but we’re also hearing that many other “big” titles will also be available to pre-order soon.

That’s pretty cool, in our opinion, and resembles the likes of Steam that offer the same kind of deal on the PC and Mac – it’s certainly something that’s exclusive on consoles just now anyway.

What do you think?

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43 Comments
  1. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    A good idea.
    I can forsee a situation where people pre-order a game which is then given out free on PS+ and getting annoyed at paying for it though. :P
    eg. if Stacking or Awesomenauts had a pre-order option…

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 15:26.
  2. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    bit risky, would rather pre-order at retail and get it early, plus you can cancel if its delayed. Plus you get a physical copy anyway.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 15:27.
  3. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Once upon a time, certain games were in limited supply around release day (GTA and one or two others) and preorders made sense. That hasn’t happened for years and is unlikely to happen with digital downloads so i just don’t pre-order anymore. One positive at least, is that they’re not splitting up the pre-order content across several different retailers.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 15:32.
  4. heedbaw
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Dubious about this, as it’s SCEE after all. I would point out the description says that it automatically downloads on release, which is ‘expected’ to be the 25th.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 15:45.
  5. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    This is great, love new functionality to the PS store.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 15:54.
  6. hol
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Good idea but as others have said, prone to failure at SCEE’s hand :(

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 16:22.
  7. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Well will you gain anything for pre-ordering a game? Like something exklusive or anything?

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 16:49.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      You exclusively get to pay for it weeks in advance!

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 17:30.
      • Kivi95
        Member
        Since: Oct 2009

        Well then I really see no use in this :/ especially sense it’s a download. A pre-order discount of 10%-20% would be nice.

        Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 23:01.
      • Carl
        Member
        Since: Jan 2009

        Actually, the money isn’t taken until 2 days before release

        Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 23:28.
  8. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    what’s the point of preordering a download unless you get some kind of bonus for doing so?

    and even then, who in their right mind would trust scee to actually deliver on that bonus?
    not after last time.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 18:33.
  9. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    Superb idea! Keeps the public happy and server demand down on release day! Clever Sony, have a biscuit.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 19:05.
  10. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Hogwash

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 20:04.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      sheepdip.

      are we not playing that game? ^_^

      Comment posted on 17/05/2012 at 06:32.

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