PS4 digital library accessible on any system

Sony engineer reveals gamers can sign into PSN account and access complete digital library on any system.

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The PlayStation 4 will allow users to sign into their PlayStation Network account and access their complete digital library on any system, Sony engineer Neil Brown said today at Develop.

"You can visit your friend's house you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good," Brown said, as reported by PlayStation Magazine U.K..

Game downloads at a friend's house won't take all day, Brown explained. By leveraging the PS4's "Play As You Download" feature, gamers can play "at least the first section" of a game right away, while the rest of the title is downloaded in the background.

"This makes a digital library a practical option in the real world," Brown said.

Competitor Microsoft announced a similar feature in June, saying gamers can play any of their games from any Xbox One thanks to the digital copy being stored in the cloud.

"So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games," Microsoft said at the time.

Microsoft has confirmed with GameSpot that following the company's major policy reversal last month, this feature is unchanged.

"As we previously announced, consumers will be able to sign on to any Xbox One console and have access to all their digital games," a Microsoft representative said. "Once the required data--a fraction of the entire game--is on their hard drive, they can jump into the action while the rest of the game finishes downloading in the background. And of course, on Xbox 360, consumers today can download their digital games on any console after signing in to their Xbox Live account.

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RacoonEater
RacoonEater

So basically the first time you turn on the ps4 you may choose what games interest you the most. Then you can wait for the specific amount of data required to play a digital game or just insert your blu-ray game and start playing while 4 or 5 other games are being downloaded in the background. When those games reaches the specific amount of data to be playable you have the option to play it right away after buy it. So if you go to your friend's house and he showed interest in the same games as you he probably have the game ready to go. You just log in to your account and start playing. The downloading part has been done previously. That's one new feature of the ps4 and probably xbox one.

ALHERXX
ALHERXX

I started up reading about ps4 but ended up reading a bunch of stuff about Xbox...

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

lol they tried to compare M$ drm to steam, but the ps4 sounds more like my version of steam. Where if I sign in on another computer, I can play my game son that computer. i don't do that, I'm cautious about other machines even though there's steam guard, since that relies on my email being secure as well. but that ps4 feature is sounding a LOT more like Steam than anything I've heard from M$ yet. 

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

M$ fanboyz are fuckin worthless idiots go back to school and learn how to read and than come back and make a coment that actually makes fukin sense dumbasses!!! Fanboyz sayin well welcome to seven years ago har har so hows waiting at your friends house like a fuckin dumbass to play a game while me and my friends are playing and downloading the game at the same time I know mindblowing huh welcome to the future where ur xbone burns down to the ground!!!

erwingameon
erwingameon

Lol, Microsoft has this function since the beginning on the Xbox360. Good to see Sony finally catching up, even if it's 7 years behind.

skiggy29
skiggy29

This is cool and all but leave it to Sony to copy MS's share plan. Sony has no originality. They copy the share plan and xbox live.  I cant believe this...

beardface21
beardface21

The only steam I know of is from my tea kettle.

You many now flame me PC community.

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

Having features like this is how you get console gamers to convert to digital downloads. You tell them how it'll benefit them. This, MS, is how you do it.

aku47
aku47

why are people bringing up steam and the fact that you can already do this current gen? I use steam and current gen for Digital downloads and neither of them have the option for playing the same game while you download the rest of it. PLAY as you DOWNLOAD That's what the news is here.

aku47
aku47

OMFG SONY! GIVE MICROSOFT A CHANCE! This must have been in the works for a while or won't be available at launch. Because there's no way it was implemented after xbox one reveal and be available day1.

iempire68
iempire68

It's a discussion and board and whether you like it or not, people can say whatever they want. He thinks xbox sucks. So? I don't think anyone is going to need counseling after reading his post or suddenly stop liking xbox after reading that. 

Cyborg_delta1
Cyborg_delta1

I don't know why Sony is making out this is a new revolutionary idea when I have been able to do this on Steam since day one when Steam was created and if Sony is going to do this what will happen to your games if 15 year old's get back into the network :P


And one for Geogyf, Let's just say I get to see how Sony software works with other software and let just say they do not get along at ALL! I can't say what this software is but it takes a very long time for Sony software programers to do some thing that there competitors have already done and have done for over 8 years so no I don't think that the PS4 will be any easier to code for which is the same for the PS3 and this is why a lot of game's that where on multiple platforms i.e. 360 and PS3 they would come out on the 360 first and a lot of game developers have said this in the past, but I could be wrong so I won't believe any thing until I see it.

Geogyf
Geogyf

Xbox One VS PS 4 Analysis Incoming (HEAVY STUFF PEOPLE!)

Its a legitimate question which Publisher (Microsft or Sony) can give more to the customers:

XBOX ONE CONCERNS

1) Region-lock (Removed by the community outcry)

2) Xbox One always online (Removed by the community outcry)

3) Kinnect only accepting 10 users (Removed by the community outcry)

4) Used games playability (Removed by the community outcry)

5) Indie games problems with Xbox Live (Removed by the community outcry)

6) Many countries wont receive Cloud functions when Xbox One is released, they will get it 4-6 months later (ex Poland plus many other EU countries etc)

controversy here -Poland will get it 4 months later, yet Witcher 3 will get released normally. Sorry Polish fellow Xbox One gamers, you will have to wait.

7) Many countries may never receive Cloud functions or they may get it too late.

Essentially making the Kinnect Almost dead weight.

8) Kinect Spy (not a major concern, but still, Microsoft has signed PRISM, plus legitimate concers existed from the Federal Data Protection Agency of Germany)

9) Many Gamers (especially those with PCs) wont care about XBox One secondary utilities

10) Xbox One will also be 100 $ (cause of Kinect) more expensive than its main antagonist 


PS 4 CONCERNS

1) Kinnect offers so much more (Skype, TV channel interactivity, post videos on streams like Twitch, etc). It really is a work of wonder and the Playstation Eye is a pale imitatio compared to the possibilities of Kinnect.


Bonus Question -  They gamers want those Xbox One utilities? They come with a great deal of burden & cost. Will it all be worth it?


THE CHRONICLES OF THE CONSOLE WARS: THE START

As we see, PS 4 had a very strong advantage at E3, especially when Sony capitalized on the Microsoft errors with a very aggresive marketing policy.

Many people were disappointed and they bitched on Microsoft, which comes as a no surprise.

Thankfully, Microsoft made a 360 degree turn in ther policy, essentially wiping off concerns 1,2,3 and 4.

THE CHRONICLES OF THE CONSOLE WARS: CURRENT STATUS  

Still PS 4 has a lead (not a major one though) in people's choices.

Furthermore, Sony tries to expand it more with the PS4 digital library accessible on any system (mainly your friends)


POSSIBLE OUTCOME

The indication we get is that Sony seems more willing to give more power to the consumer. They also seem more able than microsoft, as they have given us more from the start.

One other bonus, is that the PS 4 architecture is quite easily to understand, and it will result in faster games (That is what Sony is claiming)

It maybe is that the Xbox One success or failure is tied with the Kinnect utilities.


Whichever console wins, a strong adversary is needed to keep the other on its toes.

Ultimately, the Console War can only favour US, the Gamers.


I sincerely wait your comments.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Isn't that the same as the PS3? I mean only difference is that you can start playing when a small chunk of download is complete.

garysingh34
garysingh34

Can someone answer me a q? 

I want to purchase both consoles from Amazon but I am based in the UK. Can i purchase it from amazon.com (i.e. will they work in the UK) and what will it equate to in GBP roughly? 

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

So many butthurt people annoyed that Sony is giving at the very least the same things as MS console, if not more. Do you fear to have nothing to boast as an advantage?

Talavaj
Talavaj

I like how the only remotely good things on Xbox one-80 are not limited to one-80 at all.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

just reading the comments shows me how stupid most of the people playing Xbox are. The PS4 has download while you play, and Remote play. So you don't have to sit there and wait while the game redownloads.

Vict95
Vict95

Yes you can do this on xbox 360 but you have to wait HOURS before you can play your game on your friend's xbox, because you must download the game.

So if you want to play your xbox 360 games on another xbox 360, you will need to re-download the whole game. while with PS4 you will be able to do it instantly because of the new, innovative feature: "Play as you download".

robertcain
robertcain

Pretty cool feature! And as for physical copies you can just bring them over. Could this be a uplift of playing games at a friend's house as well as over the internet?That's real social gaming right there. :)

crusadernm
crusadernm

You can do this with an Xbox 360.  Welcome to 7 years ago.

jackzor123
jackzor123

everyone seems to be talking about how the 360 already does this and it's nothing new bla bla bla... and even if it's true (trusting you guys, have a 360 but never used this feature or known about it) I still like the fact Sony are announcing these features. Just nice to be told what it's going to have even if it's nothing new so that when i get my PS4 I know what it can do. For example if they didn't announce the whole "play while it downloads" I'd probably find out 12 months later and be like well why didn't I know that? and feel like a right tool... so even though its nothing new thanks for letting me know all your features Sony

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

i wonder how many of these people who brought these consoles so far, are actually buying for the odd games. 


Or just to show off to their neighbours that they have launch console. 


supermarioooooo
supermarioooooo

thank you sony. we have have SONY against xbox 180 :)

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

And it begins the easing you into DRM i hope you guys enjoy.

slainta
slainta

@erwingameon You don't know what you're talking about. With the PS3 one can play the same digital game in 2 different consoles, it used to be 5, with any PS3/PSN account in the system.

Yes, that means that a single digital game can be shared and played at the same time in two different consoles. Try to do it with your Xbot, mate.

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

@skiggy29 xbox was going to use drm, & mask it with less ability to share than you have now using discs. the ps4, is doing what steam does basically. when you sign in to your steam account on another computer, you can downlaod & play any game in your library, so long as you remain signed into your own steam account there. 

lunarsword
lunarsword

@SoulScribe Sure won't work for collectors like myself.  It's great to give people the option, but don't force it on use...which is the lesson M$ had to learn the hard way.

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

@aku47 true, steam is very fast ont he downloads, but we still have to wait until it's finished to play it. playing as you download, streamed download or whatever, sounds like a good idea for me. minimal wait , just until it's playable, then finish the download as you play sounds awesome for the larger games. I don't recall too many pc games that let me do this except for a small number of mmorpgs & diablo 3 I think had a playable point in the download status. 

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

@aku47 they mentioned the streaming downloads/playability earlier in the year. they've had Lots of plans for the improved psn, they were waiting to see M$'s moves before announcing too many things which was the wise move to make.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@Geogyf  

I agree with your post.

My primary platform of multiplayer games is the PC but I like to have a console to play some single player games and exclusives.

I find PS4 more apealing atm since the launch library is fairly good and Sony is supporting indie gaming which is a plus.

I only use consoles to play games, mainly single player games and I don't use extra functions and software unrelated to games.

On a side note I also like Nintendo consoles since the games are in a league of its own and is a very good system for a genre I play a lot, RPGs. Still, I find the WiiU to be lacking in games so I still wont buy one.

Motroucet
Motroucet

@Geogyf lol TL;DR. Should've made it an editorial blog post bro. Commentators have a short attention span.

RussHeath1976
RussHeath1976

@garysingh34  - You have to use .co.uk instead of .com I know because i tried. £251 compared to £350 is great. But amazon won't let you thru the online checkout.

Titanman2013
Titanman2013

@Talavaj Really - but wasn't that what made everyone pissed off to begin with, that the XBox was so different.  People make claims that because the PS4 is like "50%" more powerful and get mad when MS states that it won't matter.  People crap on MS because of their decisions on policy and then crap on them again because they change their minds.  While it is certainly okay for Sony to add things that MS has been doing or saying and ppheads regard it as innovation.  Equalization of consoles is exactly what the consumer wanted so that is what they are getting. 

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

@crusadernm Welcome to not having to redownload the game on your friends Xbox before you can play. Idiot.

shuwar
shuwar

@supermarioooooo Why Xbox 180 ? Are you implying that MS is making a 180 degree turn and is now moving in the wrong direction (actually backwards) ? xD

robertcain
robertcain

@demonkingx5 No they wouldn't, they pushed the advantage they had over Xbox One at E3 and would never fall into those sorts of policies. 

erwingameon
erwingameon

@slainta

Wow really, you can play your digital games on 2 different consoles with the PS3. Not really impressive compared to XboxLive since i can play my digital games on all Xbox360's on the planet (about 75 million).

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

@slainta @erwingameon yeah they lowered the number because too many people were sharing PSN's to swap DLC. lol. this function is a lot closer to using steam than anything I have read about so far from microsoft.  so much for the future xbone. 

Necronomnicon
Necronomnicon

@lunarsword @SoulScribe sony was wise to see what M$ revealed & how gamers reacted to it. sony will not force it, i even read an article saying they believe gamers are not yet ready on alarge enough scale to convert to mainly digital sales & downloads. They have said you can continue to use discs & they will work and be able to be shared as theya lways have, the digital stuff is optional for those who find it more convenient or prefer it. I'll be grabbing much if not most of my ps4 stuff digitally, though most of my ps3 collection is still on disc save for psn games, and it's nice to know I can sitll play dragon fantasy & guardians of middle-earth on the ps4 unless I misinterpreted this. 

Roccoroll
Roccoroll

@twisted_outlaw @crusadernm re-downloading a fuken game in AUSTRALIA MATTERS, Re-downloading a game in fuken america could take like 2 hours, whats the big fuken deal rofl. Good for people with shit nets, who gives a fuk for people with good nets

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@robertcain @demonkingx5 They made us agree to an anti-suit policy after we all got our psn back from the outage. To say they would never fall into those types of policies is ridiculous when they've already done so before. What makes you think they cant do it again?

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@shingui5 Love how you have so much faith in a corporation who whole agenda is to make as much $ as possible & to cut the middleman & out the used game market  to ease the consumer into DRM policies by giving the consumer more reason to download the game on PSN instead of buying on disc & this is how it starts its coming & by clicking on the agree button in your terms of service you agree to it good day enjoy your fantasyland.

Roccoroll
Roccoroll

@shingui5 @demonkingx5 demonking is correct, slowly everything will be DRM. Sony and microsoft are all the fuken same. greedy uneducated pigs. NINTENDO FTW BITCHES

dman123_1
dman123_1

@shingui5 @demonkingx5 basically, he is making a conspiracy that Sony will slowly add things that were basically hated on the Xbone.

aku47
aku47

@demonkingx5 @shingui5 except you dont have to buy digital you still have a choice. digital is the way of the future. newspapers do it, books do it, and movies are starting to, so it only makes sense that games will too eventually. this is way better than forcing you to buy digital like MS had planned.