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The Last of Us coming to PSN on launch day, playable after download is half done

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The Last of Us will be available to purchase digitally from the PlayStation Store on launch day, June 14, reports Game Informer.

In addition, said Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann and The Last of Us director Bruce Straley to Game Informer, you won't have to wait for the large download to complete before you can install the title to your PS3 hard drive. Instead, The Last of Us will be playable after half of it is downloaded to your PS3.

Gaikai CEO David Perry said at the PlayStation 4 unveiling in February that PS4 owners will be able to start playing games while they're still downloading, thanks to the cloud-based streaming service that Gaikai offers — but that service doesn't exist on PS3, and this is the first time a PS3 game will allow users to do this.

For more on The Last of Us, check out our new hands-on preview of its single-player campaign.