PlayStation 3 owners who buy the digital download version of The Last of Us won't have to wait for the game to finish downloading before they are able to play it. Instead, the game is playable as soon as its download has reached 50%.
This feature is borrowed from PlayStation 4 where it should be available for all digital download games thanks to the availability of hardware dedicated to background downloading and processing.
The Last of Us will launch on June 14th, 2013 on PlayStation 3. The game will be available on Blu-Ray and digital download on launch day.