The lights are on
Speaking at the Develop conference in Brighton, England, this week, Sony’s senior research & development leader Neil Brown confirmed that PlayStation 4 players will have full access to their digital games from other PS4 consoles. “You can visit your friend’s house, you can log into your account, and [you can] play any game from your digital library,” he told attendees.
Brown also gave some further insight at the conference into the PS4’s “play as you download” function:
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray, [whereby] chunks are automatically copied to the hard drive in the background. This means that after the first few minutes, your game can rely on having faster read speeds from the hard drive. [This] provides a better experience for players and is a completely background process for the player. They don’t have to wait for anything to install before playing the game. The game will launch as soon as the disk has been put in the drive.”
[Source: PlayStation Official Magazine – UK via CVG]
Our Take:The ability to access games that you paid for and own shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially since both the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles already support that function. Owning a game disc allows you to play it on any compatible system, and digital games shouldn’t be any different. In light of recent concerns about DRM and the future of digital gaming, however, it is comforting to know that Sony will continue to support this feature.
Yes, yes Sony. Keep the money train moving in your direction.
It just makes sense. You paid for it, you should have access to it on any console you have your account on.
lol well this makes sense if they didnt that would be stupid lol
Glad to hear it. Since my brother and I share each others digital games. We take turns on buying a digital game. He buys one i buy one. However, after we find out we enjoy each others game that's bought digitally we go buy our own hard copy.
Hm... but isn't the amount of consoles you can download and play your games on, limited to two? It was five before, and they restricted it. Will that be the case with PS4? Because then, well, it's on any, but not on every console.
more game sharing!!!!!!!!!!!
Really PS4 Informer!?
The X1 announced this when it was first revealed. Remember!? when the world turned dark and all the nerds went ape *** because MS is trying to ruin gaming as we know it. Now Sony is going to announce all the SAME features MS already announced for the X1 but it's ok because Sony is the good guy right? SMH. What's next now you can chat with friends while they play other games? Oh wait you can already do that on the 360!!
Very Innovative Sony.
That's cool if they can pull it of well technologically. Guess we won't know until it's performed by real players--My Take.
Sony keeps making the right moves. The only thing I'm bothered by is the lack of a release date but only because I pre-ordered the console. I usually prefer a solid date.
Let the game-sharing begin!
a moderate approach to the digital future, smart. and embracing the gamer-culture of sharing, awesome!