I've pre-ordered Grand Theft Auto V on Steam. When I pre-ordered, Value cheekily charged the full amount to my credit card, so I'm all paid up. Just waiting for it to drop.

If I leave my Windows PC on, with Steam logged in and energy saving disabled, on the evening of Monday, 13th April, 2015, will my Steam client automatically start the download after midnight—or do I have to stay up and click a button? By all accounts, the download is huge, and I'd like to start it as early as possible so it has the best chance of being ready by the time I put my three-year-old to bed on Tuesday evening.

Being old and grumpy, I'm not very keen on staying up past midnight on a work night if I don't have to.

  • Possible duplicate of: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/19874/… Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 5:35
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    As I father to a three-year-old, I wish you luck in finding an answer :-) On topic though - check game page several days before the release - it should have a Preload button. I've seen people on Twitter mention preloading GTAV couple of days ago.
    – Orc JMR
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 5:36
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    I can confirm you can pre-load GTA V. The pre-load became available 3 days ago. You still have some time to get it ready!
    – Izzo
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 7:08
  • By the way, games unlock at 10 AM Pacific time in most cases, so you don't have to stay up past midnight.
    – Keavon
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 9:04
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    @Keavon the world has more than one timezone...
    – VLAZ
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 9:33

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Steam does not auto-download preordered games. It doesn't auto download any games. It only downloads what you manually select for install, and since you can't install preordered games yet, you are out of luck. Except if it does offer preloading as mentioned by Orc JMR in the comments.

  • GTA V opened the preloading option as of April 7.
    – Whelt
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 15:20

you actually can, by installing the steam app on your phone, you can remotely install the game when you're away. but you must leave your computer running with steam on

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