As games grow bigger and gamers trend more toward digitally downloading titles rather than purchasing physical discs, Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara told Eurogamer today that the company will be focusing heavily on the task of smoother experiences with the PlayStation Network with the PS4.
Following the release of the Rockstar Games’ large-scale juggernaut Grand Theft Auto 5, PSN had trouble keeping download speeds high with the size of the game and the sheer number of gamers downloading the title.
However, Gara said with games getting bigger and digital downloads more en vogue Sony plans to create a more reasonable download while the PS4 will alleviate some of the current major issues.
The next-gen console will hopefully counterbalance the growing size of games with the “Play as you Download” function, Gara said, which allows gamers to play titles on the PS4 while the game downloads.
Much the indigestion with GTA 5 involved gamers having issues downloading to older PS3 machines, Gara said, and at least that issue should reset itself with the release of the PS4.
But a pleasant download experience is a “major area of focus” Gara said.
“It’s a major area of investment. The network will perform better on multiple levels, because it becomes not just a sales or gaming delivery but increasingly it becomes a social network. So it’s got to be a compelling experience on multiple levels,” Gara said.
The PS4 drops in North America on Nov. 15, Europe on Nov. 29 and Japan in February.