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Can I Pre-Order Hogwarts Legacy Digitally?

Yes, you can absolutely pre-order Hogwarts Legacy digitally for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC! Here is my comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about securing your digital pre-order.

Overview of Hogwarts Legacy

In case you‘ve been living under a rock, Hogwarts Legacy is the highly anticipated upcoming Harry Potter action RPG where you get to experience life as a Hogwarts student in the late 1800s. I don‘t need to tell you how excited I am!

As a fellow gaming and Harry Potter fanatic, I wanted to share this detailed guide to help you get the most out of pre-ordering digitally.

Key Details

  • Developer: Avalanche Software
  • Publisher: Portkey Games & Warner Bros. Games
  • Release date: February 10, 2023
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Hogwarts Legacy promises a rich, immersive open world for us to explore historic Hogwarts and the surrounding areas as a late 1800s student. I don‘t know about you, but I can‘t wait to walk those magical halls!

Editions Available for Digital Pre-Order

Let‘s look at the juicy pre-order edition options for the digital version:

Standard Edition

The no-frills standard edition just includes the base game for the usual $59.99 USD. Still an amazing deal if you ask me!

Digital Deluxe Edition

This is the one I‘m going for since it packs a ton of Dark Arts goodies! Here‘s what you get for $69.99 USD:

  • Full base game
  • Dark Arts Pack:
    • Thestral Mount
    • Dark Arts Cosmetic Set
    • Dark Arts Battle Arena
  • Dark Arts Garrison Hat

Pre-Order Bonus Content

On top of the edition extras above, pre-ordering any digital edition will also get you:

  • Onyx Hippogriff Mount – Let‘s be honest, who doesn‘t want their own Hippogriff to ride in style?
  • Felix Felicis Potion Recipe – Super handy for tougher battles and challenges! (PlayStation only bonus)
  • Haunted Hogsmeade Shop Quest – Extra quest sounds good to me! (PlayStation only bonus)

I don‘t know about you, but I‘m hyped to get my hands on all this awesome pre-order content!

Benefits of Pre-Ordering Digitally

Let‘s look at the key reasons I‘m going digital for my Hogwarts Legacy pre-order:

Early Access

Pre-ordering the Digital Deluxe Edition lets us play early on February 7, 2023! 3 whole days before the standard release date. I can practically taste those Butterbeers already!

Pre-Load to Play Immediately

You can pre-load Hogwarts Legacy starting February 5th on PS4/PS5 so it‘s ready to go on early access day. No waiting around to play!

Digital Bonuses

The digital-exclusive Dark Arts Pack and Garrison Hat you get with the Digital Deluxe Edition sounds like a blast.

Game Sharing

Digitally pre-ordered games can often be shared with other accounts on the same console. So my partner and I can both explore Hogwarts!

No Discs to Switch

Everything‘s conveniently right there in my digital library. No disc swapping or losing anything.

Step-by-Step Guide to Pre-Order Digitally

I‘ll walk you through how I‘m pre-ordering the Digital Deluxe Edition on PlayStation 5. It‘s a similar process on other platforms:

  1. Head to the PlayStation Store on my PS5 or web browser.
  2. Search for Hogwarts Legacy and select the Digital Deluxe Edition.
  3. Click "Pre-order" – it‘s showing the early access date of February 7th!
  4. Enter payment info and confirm. So easy!
  5. The game will start pre-loading ready for early access day.

Once pre-ordered, you can pre-load too. Just check the game page to find the pre-load start date for your platform.

Game Size and Download Requirements

Heads up that Hogwarts Legacy will take up a chunk of storage. Here‘s the download size on each platform:

Platform Download Size
PC (Steam) 85 GB
PlayStation 5 79 GB
Xbox Series X/S 70 GB

Make sure you‘ve cleared enough room by February 5th when pre-loading starts! An external SSD or HDD can easily expand your storage if needed.

Recommended Game Specs for PC

For the optimal Hogwarts Legacy experience on PC, Avalanche Software recommends:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 Super or AMD RX 5700 XT
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 85 GB SSD

My tip: use Can You Run It? or the Steam performance test to see if your PC meets the recommended specs. An upgrade may be worthwhile if your hardware is dated.

Can You Pre-Order Physical Editions Digitally?

Unfortunately, digitally pre-ordering a physical edition with disc and collectibles isn‘t possible. Digital pre-orders are only for the Standard and Digital Deluxe digital editions.

If you want the physical goodies, you‘ll need to pre-order at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop.

Is the Digital Deluxe Edition Worth it?

For only $10 more than the Standard Edition, the Digital Deluxe is fantastic value in my opinion. Early access alone makes it worthwhile for me as a massive Harry Potter fan.

Plus, the Dark Arts cosmetics and battle arena sound awesome. It‘s a no-brainer if you‘re into that dangerous Hogwarts underbelly like me!

Pre-Order Bonus Redemption

No need to stress about redeeming your pre-order bonuses. Once you launch Hogwarts Legacy after pre-ordering, you‘ll see pop-up notifications that you‘ve unlocked:

  • Onyx Hippogriff Mount
  • Any edition specific items like the Dark Arts Pack
  • Platform exclusive bonuses like the Hogsmeade shop quest

These will automatically be credited to your inventory and quest log. Just sit back and enjoy all that sweet pre-order loot!

Can You Play Early without Pre-Ordering?

Unfortunately, no – early access on February 7th is exclusively for those who pre-ordered the Digital Deluxe Edition. Standard Edition pre-orders will have to wait until full release on February 10th.

So if you‘re desperate to play early like me, Digital Deluxe is the only way to make that happen!

Do You Need PS Plus or Xbox Live for Pre-Order?

Nope! No PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold needed to pre-order or play Hogwarts Legacy solo. They‘re only required for online multiplayer, which isn‘t included here.

Pre-Loading on PC

For my fellow PC wizards, pre-loading is available now on Steam! Head to your Steam library and start loading up assets ahead of February 7th.

Pre-loading on the Epic Games Store starts closer to early access day. I‘ll update you once it‘s live there too!

Will Hogwarts Legacy Support VR?

I checked with Avalanche and unfortunately VR support won‘t be available at launch. Who knows though, maybe they‘ll patch it in later! Fingers crossed.

Pre-Order Now to Avoid FOMO

Hogwarts Legacy pre-orders are selling out quickly across many retailers. Digitally pre-ordering guarantees you a copy for early access day without hassle!

Don‘t miss your chance to secure those pre-order bonuses and play as soon as possible. Join me in the virtual Wizarding World!

Summary

Let‘s recap the key tips:

  • Pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition for early access and awesome Dark Arts extras
  • Start pre-loading on February 5th to play instantly on February 7th
  • Redeem your pre-order bonuses just by launching the game
  • No PS Plus or Xbox Live required for solo pre-ordering/play
  • Get your digital pre-order in ASAP before stores sell out!

I hope this guide helps you secure your digital pre-order edition of choice. Let me know if you have any other questions! Now if you‘ll excuse me, I need to go make sure my PC meets the recommended specs… runs off to download performance scanner