Sony has confirmed that all the PS4 games owned by the user will be available to play on any PS4 console via the digital games library.
Players will be able to access their digital games library via any PS4 console, simply by logging into their PlayStation Network (PSN) account.
Neil Brown, a senior engineer at Sony, has confirmed that the PS4 will allow quick access to their digital libraries on whatever console they happen to be playing on.
Not too dissimilar to the current gen functionality that allows access to digitally purchased games via users’ PSN and Xbox Live accounts, but it is the PS4’s “Play As You Download” feature that makes it a much easier experience.
“You can visit your friends’ house you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good,” explained Brown. “But how useful is that if it takes half a day to download the game you want to play?”
“With Play As You Download you get much quicker access to at least the first section of the game so you can start playing quicker. So this makes a digital library a practical option in the real world.”
This means that there will be no annoying waits while the game downloads before you can actually play it. Instead, as soon as the game starts to download you can get access to the first chunk of the game while the rest downloads in the background.
Gamers will never have to wait for a game to install on the PS4, even when playing a disc-based game. Due to vastly improved background processes, PS4 gamers will benefit from faster loading and streaming from the harddrive.
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray. 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, which provides a better experience for players, and this 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.”
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