Sony PS4 hidden feature to please fans

By Alan Ng - Aug 29, 2013

We recently told you that you will be able to switch on your PS4 console remotely using Remote Play with the PS Vita, but now we have something much more rewarding for you. As far as we’re aware, this hasn’t been mentioned yet, but Sony has confirmed a lovely little feature for those intending to purchase PSN content using smartphones.

You won’t need us to remind you how annoying it is, to say download the latest DLC for Battlefield 3, only to find out that a 3GB download awaits you – resulting in a further few hours before you actually get to play the content you just purchased.

With PS4, this is all going to change. Sony’s Twitter extraordinaire Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that you will be able to purchase PSN content on a smartphone, which will then automatically send a message through to your PS4 console.

The PS4 will then awaken from its auto-sleep mode, download the content that you just purchased on the smartphone and then go back into sleep-mode once the download is installed on your PS4 – how fantastic is that?

This is going to save a significant amount of time and hassle for gamers, especially those working long hours and just want to play their new PS4 content the moment they arrive home without any long install times. As far as we’re aware, this is the first time that a console has the ability to automatically awaken from a sleep, then automatically go back into sleep state without the user having to navigate manually.

We also have a feeling that this could turn out to be one of the standout features of PS4 once gamers see how useful the benefits can be. Imagine queueing up several games in the office during a lunch break, and seeing them all ready to play by the time you get home.

We can’t wait to see this feature in the flesh. Give us your thoughts on how useful this could become for you and your daily lifestyle.

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  • Percy Browne

    Great option, Microsoft will announce this next month lol

  • JT

    I thought you were supposed to be able to play as you download anyway?

  • Qing

    Thanks Sony! I really like this feature!!

  • Dominic Vinall-Smith

    It’s an amazing feature – however it is based on an EXISTING concept on PS3 and PS Vita. One of the features of PS+ is you that set a time of day where you know that you won’t be using the system (ie 5am – for example) – so at 5am the console turns itself on, searches for any new patches for all of your games and syncs your trophies.

    I imagine that this functionality and Sky tv’s Sky+ app (which allows you to set programs to record whilst out and about, even if your Sky box is off) have heralded this technology.

    What’s more exciting is that this may mean an actual PlayStation Store mobile/tablet app (!!!) Where you can do all of your purchases whilst away from your system. I know you can do it with the browser version, but it’s not very easy. An actual app could change the way we buy console games.

  • greg

    not a new hidden feature. they announced this at e3

  • lorelai4cuties

    Its an amazing feature .. I already pre order mine.. I heard that u can watch ur friends playing from ur cellphone then comment on their gameplay