On the EU PlayStation Store, gamers can now pre-order games before the actual release date and begin to download automatically on the day of release (providing the auto-downloading feature has been enabled). This is a pretty handy feature if you aren’t around during the day to download the game yourself – the game would be downloaded and installed automatically by the time you get home.
Sony have detailed the system and provided a FAQ section on their website. Providing you have the auto-download feature turned on and your system is in stand-by mode (not turned off or in-use), the game will begin downloading automatically on the day of release. But, if anything goes wrong, you can still manually download the game from the “Download List” on the PlayStation Store.
Payment wise, Sony will take payments two days before the game’s expected release date (thought this can sometimes change). If you want to cancel your pre-0rder, you must cancel before the payment is taken. Pre-orders can be cancelled via the Account Management menu on the Store.