PlayStation 4 digital and sharing policies explained

All users can play downloaded games belonging to the primary user on their registered device.

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Sony has released an FAQ explaining the digital and sharing policies for the PlayStation 4.

Each PlayStation Network account can mark a PlayStation 4 as the user's "primary" console, and in doing so all additional users on the console can play downloaded games and receive unspecified PlayStation Plus benefits.

Registering a console as a primary PS4 also allows the user to connect a Vita and use Remote Play, Sony adds.

Deregistering a system as the primary PlayStation 4 can only be done from that system, Sony says. Systems must be deactivated before another PlayStation 4 can be registered as the primary device, and Sony adds that users should deactivate their PS4 if they "plan to transfer or dispose of it."

If a PlayStation Network user signs in on another PlayStation 4, they can download and play games associated with their account, but other users on the system will not be able to access them. The same goes for PlayStation Plus benefits.

Sony also points out that only two PlayStation 4 systems can be used concurrently: the primary console associated with an account, and one other.

The PlayStation 4 will be released on November 15 in North America, and November 29 in Europe.

Discussion

179 comments
AndehPandy
AndehPandy

Didn't they say the same thing about the PS3...that you can only deregister from your PS3 console....and then if you went on the Sony Account management website you could deregister all PS3's on your account lol

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

If your PS4 breaks you'll probably have to go ahead and contact the Sony support...annoying, but I can't think of an alternative system to work around this, all things considered. It better not be a hassle, though. I'll wait a couple of months and see how Sony handles this after the PS4 release.

divinejester
divinejester

I don't see the big deal. Like someone pointed out there probably is a way around it if your system breaks. And who the hell goes around jumping from console to console. I buy a console and play on it, I don't really need to move my account to another system.

Edit: Plus its just common sense to wipe anything you sell.


opinions2
opinions2

Doesn't affect me as I am only going to use 1 console without switching to a friends given that most games that are MP are MP online.

The only real factor is going to be if the system breaks and I need to get it replaced. If Sony has even an ounce of the sense that they have shown during the build up to the PS4 launch, they will have contingencies in place to allow you to force activate a new PS4 over the now faulty one.

mos2000
mos2000

this is a f--- up. being that people now pay for online service with ps4, they should have enough funding to support the online security needed to be able to do this online. Verizon fios has a similiar setup when it comes to downloaded content associated to your account/primary machine. you can unregistet online

daabulls23
daabulls23

Sounds basically how it is now. You should deactivate your PS3 system if you plan on selling it.

Crossel777
Crossel777

A bit stupid that you can't deactivate your PS4 through the SEN website.  Why the hell would they not give you this capability?   So if my PS4 breaks down, I've simply got no choice but to pay a hefty sum of cash to get it fixed.   

telaros
telaros

I'm just gonna kick back and wait on the "I can't unlink my primary account because my PS4 died!" :P

banana23man
banana23man

So this is only for digital games? Well, then I have nothing to worry. Physical discs till the day i die! :D

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

So, waste god knows how many hours at your friends house downloading - depending on their internet. Then waste their hard drive space. Then you leave, and they have to delete that shit. Can they delete it on their own or does it need to be deleted from your account? 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

And what if the launch system will break? Something they tend to do?

GaMa__GaMer
GaMa__GaMer

Can we create multiple Online ID with PS4, so I can have mine and my brother can have his own?

Roffey23
Roffey23

so if my ps4 locks up and dies i'm fucked?...awesome

Dresden05
Dresden05

I'd also like it if they could track the IP address being used in case my PS4 was stolen.

Sony customer services: i can see the PS4 you refer to is now on IP 8.8.8.8 

wouldn't take to long to find 

Dresden05
Dresden05

Don't like the fact i'm limited to 2 

Me, my Brother and my Dad all getting PS4's so would be good not to have drag my PS4 with me all the time. Though i do like this functionality.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Only 2 systems can be used by the same account. PS4 regular and in 3-4 years after the PS4 slim. Does anyone forget to deactivate their account? At least Sony has provided a reminder.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

Xbots: hahaha look at that! the FAQ was confusing! MS WINS!

EVERYONE ELSE: hahaha look at MS' pre-sales, forced peripheral purchase, not being able to set up fantasy fotoball leagues WITHOUT having to use nfl.com, the focus on non-gamers, the crappy tv shows, the tone-deaf press releases, forcing the consumer to pay for free services like skype, finding a way to pay twice for netflix, COD in a lower resolution than competitors, Controllers that use batteries in 2013, and privacy issues. To top it all off they have REPEATEDLY stated an interest to take marketing to the new level with advertising to the consumer thru the device. 

yeah..kinda lopsided so far. 

> wii u

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

ok, HERE'S THE WORKAROUND, You only do this with a VERY reliable person to you, as you can only share your account in 2 consoles:


Step 1. You give your account to your friend and your friend use HIS PS4 as the MAIN CONSOLE for your account.

Step 2. Your friend gives you his account and you use YOUR PS4 as the main console for his account

Step 3. That's it, you both can use your own account to access all content from the other account, including PS+ benefits.

poeticnerd
poeticnerd

This is  incontrovertible evidence of PS4's superiority

e424pd5
e424pd5

@divinejester Not everyone is like you. I, for example, house sit for my friend often and play on his consoles all the time with my PSN and Live account. I don't want to drag my consoles every time, it's much more convenient to have my accounts on his systems. 

And yes wipe every time.....like pooping.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@divinejester "Like someone pointed out there probably is a way around it if your system breaks." -- this is not good enough. I need a sound plan for my peace of mind.

I don't see a reason why internet is safe enough to bill my credit card for games, but it is not safe enough to deauthorise broken console.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@Crossel777 There's a very simple reason: if someone gets a hold of your account information, through you being careless or through an unfortunate hacking attack, they won't be able - even if they manage to decrypt your user information - to set a new console as the primary console. I'm not sure how they'll handle it in the case of a PS4 break down, you'll probably have to contact Sony support and prove your identity. Definitely a hassle, but it's better than someone stealing your PSN information and changing the main console from the SEN website.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@Crossel777 better than buying a whole new system but I wouldn't want Sony to offer what you are asking for too many hackers out there that could deactivate our systems and gain our username and password to steal our own identity.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@GaMa__GaMer yes, if you saw the video where it showed Shuhei playing around the PS4 UI then you see that there was another account other than his when he was logging in the PS4

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

@Roffey23 A simple call to customer service will fix everything. Don't worry, everyone prepares for irresponsible people. Like all the dumb obvious warning we put out on signs. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Dresden05 I'd rather the PS4 just have a GPS tracker on it that isn't reliant on it being turned on. I've had my 360 stolen and they never used it - they sold it to a pawn shop. At which point I was expected to pay for it and everything else they sold, to get it back, then be compensated later when the court convicted them.

Fuck that. If someone steals your crap, you should be able to GPS track their asses and then beat them to get it back.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@dipdish Appreciate your enthusiasm for the console.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@racerxgundam LOL Alkaline batteries indeed.  The sticker makes up for it though.

Crossel777
Crossel777

@DarkNeoBahamut

That doesn't sound like it will work.   The article specifically says;

"If a PlayStation Network user signs in on another PlayStation 4, they can download and play games associated with their account, but other users on the system will not be able to access them. The same goes for PlayStation Plus benefits."

Crossel777
Crossel777

@BamaGoatt @Crossel777 

and actually I'd rather buy an entirely new console instead of getting it fixed only for it to break again in a month because the technical team only did a crappy temporary fix to it thus having to pay another hefty sum to get it fixed again.   (My experience with PS3 repairs services.)

Crossel777
Crossel777

@BamaGoatt @Crossel777 

Wait what?  You can already deactivate accounts through the SEN site with the PS3?  And how exactly can a hacker get into your account by deactivating it?    They still need to the email and password to get into it.   All deactivating essentially does is untie your account to the console so you can then tie it to a new console.  It doesn't magically give you the ability to gain access to that account.

Crossel777
Crossel777

@Renegade__angel @Roffey23

I bet this is the kind of idiot response you gave to all people that had a PS3 break down.   It has nothing to do with people treating their console poorly.  These things can break, no matter how well you look after them.  

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Renegade__angel @Roffey23 How would it be his fault for being irresponsible if his PS4 breaks? As much as I like to blame people for RROD and YLODs, it isn't their fault necessarily.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@Riddick123 @racerxgundam hey i just noticed...i posted just now..and u replied just now..but gamespot records it like u posted an hour ago?

are we time traveling?

> wii u

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@Crossel777 @BamaGoatt funny my experience has been very different but of course that was a ps2 back in the day since that was the last time I had a system failure. It only cost me $50 to get it fixed the whole disc read error issue. I quickly learned that leaving your disc in the disc tray causes this issue. Haven't had any issues with my ps3 had it for about 3 or 4 years now.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@racerxgundam  I asked Doc to turn on the Flux capacitor for you.  There isn't enough traffic to explain it otherwise.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@racerxgundam Just got in from the future. The Jets win the superbowl. Also, Cyrus and Bieber are the same person.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Stevo_the_gamer Or, I'm sure, the articles that will be posted on the 15th and 22nd, respectively, when the PS4 and One launch, to say that they launched.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Yeah it was bad, death threats and some very nasty commentary. The Internet can be a very unkind environment at times.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Stevo_the_gamer LOL.  I do not envy that.  I would be more worried about Xone and PS4 releases.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Sometimes. GTAV review remains the elephant in the room. There was a bunch of us in there and we still couldn't keep up. We try our best to keep the peace. Hard to follow 50 comments every second though. Cant wait to see how reviews of XONE and PS4 games go...

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Stevo_the_gamer @Riddick123 @poeticnerd @RicanV Seriously though Steve, you are good at it.  No offense intended.  Especially when the traffic has overloaded the system, you are able to keep the nonsense at bay.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@Riddick123 I believe it was his remarks about poor people and racist commentary that may have gotten him banned. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

@poeticnerd @RicanV Hopefully the mods realize you are a new user.  For some reason a guy named Surfacenerd keeps getting banned.  Which in all honesty makes no sense.  He never seemed out of control.  Either way.  Welcome to TrollSpot.