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Following 'GTA V' download woes, Sony promises better experience for PlayStation 4

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Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are making a big push into digital distribution, but if Grand Theft Auto V is any indication, Sony has some work to do to smooth out its process. Many PlayStation Network users have reported errors and failed downloads of the game in the days since its launch. Perhaps that's to be expected, seeing as GTA V hit the $1 billion sales mark in just three days. But when the game weighs in at a hefty 18GB on Sony's PlayStation Store, it's easy to relate to the aggravation that accompanies a corrupted download. PlayStation UK head Fergal Gara claims that gamers will see a significant improvement when it comes to downloading those huge files on the PlayStation 4, however.

"There are big innovations in the PS4 to make it more attractive," he recently told Eurogamer, highlighting that the console will let players start up a game before it's fully downloaded. "We've done a lot of work on pre-delivering files. It's not perfect. It's not seamless," he added, saying that digital distribution is a "major area of focus" and investment for Sony. The company has done a significantly better job than Microsoft with timely digital releases this generation, but there's clearly room for improvement on the infrastructure front.