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Automatic Installs

Idea 237 | Posted in , by | March 17, 2010

When you\’re downloading a game. the game is automatically installed after the download is completed. This would be very convenient if multiple games are being downloading at the same time.



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Neobara  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

While we’re at it, how about auto-syncing for trophies? These things need to be done for convenience’s sake.


datoupee  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

This feature is a good idea but would not work well if your hard drive was filled up. I voted down for it because installation of a game should be done with nothing running in the background as a precaution. This goes for all any PC or game machine.


xcube  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

One way you can do this is by leaving the console to turn off after the downloads are complete. The ps3 will install the games before it shuts down


TheLonelyStoner  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I thought this already happened, when you start some downloads then turn off the PS3 you can make it download them, install then shut down.


zefie  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

They actually already do this for multiple item purchases, such as a PSN game that has a demo and a small unlocker. No reason why we couldn’t control what auto-installs.


Microshock  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Absolutely. The only ways you can do this now is if you let it download in the store or let it download and install and shut off.

Needs to be an option to install automatically.


FJ1100_rider  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

this is the third idea I’ve seen posted that’s already coming as part of the psn subscription services . you’ll be able to automatically download and install updates or pre -purchased items
it’s also already a feature if you select automatic shutdown after background download



st0rmbr1nger  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

??? PS3 already does this IF:

You leave it on the PSN screen (and don’t background download)

You set your system to switch off when finished downloading.

The only reason it doesn’t install at other times, is how would you feel if your game ground to a crawl whilst playing it, because a demo was installing?

Crappy idea, downvoting this. Users need to read the manual.

QOS is far more important.


MrBeatdown  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

If it’s going to install automatically, it will only interrupt what you are doing. I really see no benefit of having this.


skywalker6705  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:10 pm


There are no “PSN subscription services”. Months ago a marketing survey was leaked with everything from New Avatars to PS3-Powered Space Robots on it. If even one of them happens to be added down the road that would be nice, but a marketing survey is not indicative of any actual packages.


thestr1ker  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

You can already do this by setting your PS3 to automatically turn off once all downloads are complete. Going beyond this would result in far too many corrupt installations.


BookWyrm2008  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

For those saying can’t do this, it would corrupt installs, you’re all missing a vital point.

Why are there installs in the first place? Why doesn’t it just work?


Shredfan777  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I agree with BookWyrm2008, why does the game need to go thru two different operations? If you wanted to download it in the first place, you are obviously going to install it. PS HOME is the same way, just implement install after download, even make it part of the same status bar. And why can’t installs be done in the background? “it only does everything…one step at a time”


Shredfan777  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

And might I add, who wants to install while the system is going to shut down? if i’m downloading something, i probably want to install it and play, watch, listen right now.


NintendoTim  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

There’s a lot of things that need to be brought into modern day with things called “automatic,” this being one of them.

If I downloaded it, of course I want it installed. I think they took the whole “PS3 as a PC replacement” a bit too literal.

Back when Phil Harrison was still around. I miss that bald head of his.


Lelo4Ever  |  March 17th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

people here REALLY need to read the manual…

this is already a feature… auto installs are always performed… unless when using background download… which makes sense… after all i wouldn’t want to see my PS3 stop what i’m doing to install something that was downloading on the background…


EdReedFan20  |  March 18th, 2010 at 12:21 am

I meant for background downloading only. Is it impossible to have background installs as well? Can Sony make it so that a game can be played while another is being installed? I know PS3’s are different from computers, but computers can do this.


BenchyUK  |  March 18th, 2010 at 12:48 am

Should be an easy thing to patch really i would have thought


AndyVance  |  March 18th, 2010 at 5:58 am

It does do this if you set the system to shutdown after the downloads i’ve noticed. I don’t like the idea of it otherwise tho, for example i just downloaded the god of war 3 demo at work and wanted to shutdown my console sooner rather than waiting for the install. Maybe giving the user a toggle option in the settings for this would be better?


sandymac  |  March 18th, 2010 at 8:51 am

I’d be happy with something similar of the PS3 just automatically downloading patches in the background for the most recently played games so they are ready next time I load said game.


danwii  |  March 18th, 2010 at 9:51 am

coming in from the xbox i don’t know why this doesn’t happen ive never had to tell anything to install on xbox having to tell anything to install doesn’t seem a good fit on a console


Darktrooper  |  March 18th, 2010 at 10:48 am

You’re all talking about downloading and then installing as two different actions. On the X-Box it does this in ONE action. No game slowdown, corrupt files, interruptions or anything. Just the game ready to play when its downloaded, which incidentally is far quicker than the download and install of the PS3 version put together. If any of you haven’t experienced X-Box Live then you have nothing to compare the PS3’s lacklustre service to. They couldn’t possibly charge for such an inconvenient and backwards system.


danwii  |  March 18th, 2010 at 11:13 am

darktrooper’s got it right the way sony does it is inconvenient and backwards i have to download a game then wait another 20 minutes or more staring at the screen for it to install not being able to do anything else is backwards and has no place on a console.

if sony could find some way of making the ps3 download and install in one action the way the xbox does it the whole experience of downloading on ps3 much better


danwii  |  March 18th, 2010 at 11:15 am

if sony could find some way of making the ps3 download and install in one action the way the xbox does it the whole experience of downloading on ps3 would be made much better


incumalf  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Why does installing take forever? 360 doesn’t have this problem.


speedmastaflex  |  March 18th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Is this really such a big deal? It only takes a few minutes at best to install. Go stretch your legs, or something.


sbXLchAMpS  |  March 19th, 2010 at 2:14 am

I like this idea but I think it should be an option, like a box that you check on the download screen.


sprodigy  |  March 19th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

It usually installs by itself if you start the download and don’t leave the screen (do not click download in background) and after the DL it installs automatically.


bigredsc  |  March 19th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

how can it corrupt it if the ps3 already does it when you set it to shutdown. And people who say read the manual are insane, nobody reads a manual unless they are specifically looking for something, i think this is a great idea.


FrozoneUSMC  |  March 20th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Or at least have an option for auto-install.


SegaMan1  |  March 21st, 2010 at 3:34 pm

It has to unpack after its downloaded. it needs to work to install it. maybe making a light version on an install so that you could do other things could work but it may not be easy.


starBlinky01  |  March 21st, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I would like this. But if you forget its installing and shut off your PS3 then it can mess up your system.


akibake  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 5:17 pm

~ Either ~

Press [Download in the background], go off to shop, send mail, or play an offline game, and install it manually (*sigh* a single click) when the download is complete.

~ Or ~

Do not press [Download in the background], then wait for the download to complete and auto-install.


Maiar  |  March 28th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

if you set the ps3 to auto shutdown after downloads it actually installs the games too!


LordOfRuin  |  April 1st, 2010 at 8:02 am

Quite! Why would I download if not to install. Install in background!


SurferTC  |  April 1st, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I say no, I want the option to install.


FJ1100_rider  |  April 7th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

why would it corrupt data someone asked . say you are playing another game and during a save it finished downloading and started to install . that’s going to mess up a lot of stuff . someone else said it takes 20 minutes to install , really ? if it takes more than 2 minutes you need to look at why and fix it . most downloadable games take 3-5 minutes max to download and install with a good connection . go play another game or make a sandwich and install it after it finishes manually or just let it finish in the store
if you can’t because it takes too long then go call your isp and order decent internet service


COMBATCSOLDIER  |  April 8th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

yes this is a very good idea.


fane1024  |  April 8th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I think the problem is that the PS3 doesn’t want to install at the same time as other applications are writing to the HDD.

Also, this idea has already been posted.


BalramRules  |  April 12th, 2010 at 11:06 am

Like when we go to sleep, as the game’s downloading, we expect it to INSTALL as well!
Coz when we wake up, we wanna play on our PS3s!
Soooo irritating! Just do the whole job without me doing anything WILL YOU!!?!?!?!?!


zachattackary  |  April 16th, 2010 at 5:41 am

it would probably depend on the type of install… it might work for some DLC for games, but not for all.


Elvick_  |  April 24th, 2010 at 6:48 am

There’s no reason why it shouldn’t just install it right away or in the background.

AT LEAST, put the background installs on while watching videos, browsing the Playstation Store, listening to music, using the internet browser, etc.

At the very least they can do those things. How hard is it to install while doing one of those things?


Jetpaq  |  April 27th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I too would love this feature, and hope it gets implemented.

Yes the Xbox 360 can do it easily, but people seem to forget Microsoft are a software company, so things like that are just done without much thought.

I love the PS3, but I think the OS really needs working on. Its getting there, though.


Dajmin  |  April 30th, 2010 at 10:38 am

Definite +1 for this. I always forget this needs done and leave stuff downloading while I’m away. Then I need to wait on the install when I get back.

The only justification I can see is for those who want to export backups of the installer to prevent having to re-download. But adding the option to “download and install by default” would mean it could work both ways.


goodboybaby  |  May 29th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

i fully agree its annoying installing games after they take all year 2 download,it should install in the background just like when you download it the background also



Lag117  |  June 18th, 2010 at 1:22 am

I always “download in background” so I can queue up multiple things. Even though I leave it idle on the “downloading” screen, it does not install them automatically. How annoying to have to go through and install each item manually when I come back to the PS3, waiting several minutes between each install.

My preference is for Sony to remove the “install” process altogether which would make it faster and require less disk space for a download. Or maybe I should get an xbox?


LightChaosGS  |  June 18th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Hey, guys this idea has already been confirmed for PlayStation Plus.


EdReedFan20  |  June 24th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

This was submitted long before PlayStation Plus was announced.

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