It’s come to our attention, again, that Sony is using the PS4 dashboard as an advertising platform. It happened a couple of years back with Destiny, and again last year with Destiny 2. In those cases players would boot up their PS4 systems to find the Destiny game icon on their dashboard, despite not having bought the game.
The latest such act by Sony is taking things a little too far for our liking. By that we mean it’s a bloody disgrace. In an attempt to sway players into buying the digital edition of Bluepoint’s brilliant Shadow of the Colossus remake on PS4, Sony is pushing the full game as an automatic download. So if you boot up your PS4 and find Shadow of the Colossus on your home screen, it’s not just an icon; it’s the full game that has been downloaded. That’s 14GB of data that you didn’t want or ask for. In some cases, you may not be able to afford the 14GB, what with data caps still being a disgusting blight in 2018.
So, how can you stop Sony from treating your console like its very own advertising platform. Well, you can’t completely. You’re still going to see ads around the place, but you can at least save yourself some confusion and, more importantly, some bandwidth.
It’s as simple as going to the ‘settings’ icon, then navigating to the ‘system’ section, and then disabling automatic downloads for featured content. It’s a 30-second job and it’s as simple as that.