The head of Sony Computer Entertainment U.K. (SCE UK) has said that PlayStation Network will offer an improved user experience when PlayStation 4 launches this holiday season.
The comments come in light of recent problems that have plagued the PSN release of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. Users who purchased the digital copy of the critically-acclaimed title experienced multiple issues, including installation errors and texture problems.
However, speaking to EuroGamer, Fergal Gara promised that PS4 will usher in a better user experience for its flagship online service.
“First of all, it is definitely going to grow as a means of consumption. And there are big innovations in the PS4 to make it more attractive and more easy gamer wise to want to download,” he said.
“The Play as you Download functionality, for example, means you don’t need the whole file before you go. This is a little bit counterbalanced by the fact files themselves are getting bloody big. Killzone: Shadow Fall is an uber file -- I think it’s cracking on for 50GB. It looks it, too, when you see it.”
He added: “[Downloading games] is still a relatively tedious process. We’ve done a lot of work on pre-delivering files. It’s not perfect. It’s not seamless.”
GTA V is out now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so be sure to read our full verdict here. PS4 launches in the U.S. on November 15 and in Europe on November 29.