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The Last of Us will give a glimpse of the PS4 digital future

by William Schwartz

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Naughty Dog will release The Last of Us on June 14th, and interested parties will have the option of scooping up the game via conventional methods at brick and mortar retailers, or as a day one digital download on the PlayStation Network. Not earth shattering news as Sony has been offering this type of digital delivery for quite some time. However, with The Last of Us, Sony is trying out some of their PS4 magic upon release.

Naughty Dog recently told Game Informer that those who purchase The Last of Us digitally will be able to start playing the game before its even completely downloaded to their HDDs. Once players reach a 50% threshold, the game will be playable, and will continue to download in the background.

This is one of the interesting new features that Sony boasted about the PlayStation 4. Back in February, Sony said they would be utilizing Gaikai technology to stream games to players, instead of having them download massive files all at once. This likely won’t be a small download either. Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 both had massive amounts of data stashed into their Blu-ray discs, but chopping it in half will certainly help soften the wait.

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