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If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner who has passed on the Destiny craze, you may be quite surprised today when you power on your console and Destiny is sitting there waiting for you like an unexpected Bond villain petting his cat. Fear not gamers for this is not a glitch, although some wish it was, it is all a part of a planned feature developed by Sony in order to advertise games in a curated way towards specific players.
When players who do not own the game click on its icon on the home page, they are brought to the PlayStation Store page for the game so they can purchase and download the full game.
“The PS4™ system has the ability to learn about your preferences,” Sony explains on the PS4’s feature page. “It will learn your likes and dislikes, allowing you to discover content pre-loaded and ready to go on your console in your favorite game genres or by your favorite creators.”
Basically what this means is the PlayStation can and will automatically download an icon for that game they think you want more than anything else in the world just to tempt you into heading over to the PSN Store and making the purchase.
Players who did not expect this kind of personal marketing on their consoles have the option to turn off the feature that brings them these ads:
- From the home screen simply select “Settings,”
- look for “System,”
- go to “Automatic Downloads,”
- and uncheck the box next to “Featured Content.”
Then you won’t have to worry about the advertisements tempting you to buy that next cool game until you’re ready.
Or you can just let Sony tease you with The Taken King. But that’s none of my business.