All PS4 Games “Must” be Cached to the Hard Drive “To Ensure a Smooth Gaming Experience”

As we’re just over two weeks away from the PlayStation 4 launch on November 15th in the United States and Canada, Sony has decided to release a Mega PS4 FAQ. Since it can be rather daunting and contains so much information, we’ll be breaking the important information we’ve yet to cover fully into separate posts, hopefully making finding what you need a little easier.

Although it wasn’t the exact explanation we were hoping for, Sony did finally address the PS4 caching situation for disc-based games:

All PS4 Blu-ray Disc games must be cached to the hard drive to ensure a smooth gaming experience. However, certain titles may not require you to wait for the game data to be fully cached before starting gameplay. In order to start playing disc-based games, users will need to insert the game disc into PS4 just like on the PS3 system.

With the new Blu-ray disc reader technology that Sony is using with the PS4, the reader “operates at a higher speed than the model featured in the PS3 system, and includes a range of Blu-ray Disc sizes.”

If you’d like to watch Blu-ray or DVD movies on your PS4, you will need to download the 1.50 system software update available on day 1, then activate the Blu-ray/DVD capability with a one-time activation through the internet. The PS4 does not support CDs.

Also, if you rent a game disc, then decide you want to buy it digitally, you can’t use the mandatory install to avoid downloading the full game from the PlayStation Store. In this instance, you’d need to delete the install data, then fully install the digital version of the game.

How quickly do you think your PS4 HDD will be filled up with games? Let us know in the comments below.

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