Confirming earlier rumors, Sony officially announced today that PlayStation 4 owners will be able to download and install games ahead of release. It's all part of the PS4's new automatic pre-load functionality, which will let you start playing the second a game is officially released.
"We all know that some of the biggest games can take a while to download, and with the pre-load functionality, you'll be able to download and install those huge files up to several days in advance," Sony wrote in a post on the PlayStation Blog.
Any games you've already preordered will be automatically pre-loaded and downloaded to your PS4. "All you have to do is pre-order the game, make sure your PS4 remains in standby mode, and sit back and relax," Sony says.
The first PS4 game to take advantage pre-loading is next week's Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. All titles available for preorder on the PlayStation Store on or after May 20 will be pre-loaded, and it works on PlayStation 3, too. PS4 games available for pre-load include: