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The Last of Us with PS4 bonus functionality

Most of you may value picking up physical copies of video games over a digital version, but we have some interesting news to share with you regarding the highly anticipated release of upcoming PS3 exclusive The Last of Us. Developer Naughty Dog has revealed that a bonus feature will be available to those consumers who plan on buying the digital version direct from the PlayStation Store.

In a scenario which we don’t see very often, the digital version of The Last of Us is going to be available the exact day as the retail Blu-Ray version, with both launching on June 14. While this is already a bonus for digital buyers, Naughty Dog has also revealed a further bonus – being able to play the digital version when it is only 50% downloaded.

The developer has told Game Informer that Sony has managed to pull a few internal strings, to allow gameplay to begin whilst only being partially downloaded. If you have been keeping up to date with all things PS4, you’ll know that this feature is expected to be available across all titles – we just didn’t expect to see it available on PS3.

It also suggests that if Sony can make this possible with The Last of Us, then it also means theoretically that they can do it with other PS3 games that are on the way too – like the digital version of Gran Turismo 6? We can’t tell you how annoying it was to have to wait more than a day for the gigantic digital download of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it’s a shame this feature wasn’t available a few months ago.

While Sony has confirmed that gameplay can start once the download bar has passed 50%, it should be almost instant when buying digital PS4 games from the PlayStation Store – we’re guessing the enhanced hardware will make it all possible.

A great bit of news for those picking up the digital version of The Last of Us. Are any of you tempted to stay at home and buy the store version instead now, or will you still look to pick up a retail copy?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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