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?
@SyriasSerj When you buy a PS4 game on smartphone, it will wake your PS4 up to start downloading the game. PS4 goes back to sleep after that
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) August 27, 2013
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.