Sony has revealed a few more details about the new next-generation PlayStation 4 games console this week via the Official PlayStation Magazine. Revealing that your digital games library including any purchases you make on your PlayStation 4 console will then be available for you to access from any PlayStation 4 console.
Neil Brown, Sony’s R&D senior team leader explains how the new PlayStation 4 games library access will, function on their new console, whilst spewing at the recent Develop conference:
“You can visit your friends house you can log into your account and play any PlayStation 4 game from your digital library, which is good. 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.”
Brown also explained a little more about the same technology allows you to play games before they are installed, using the PlayStation 4’s “play as you download” feature:
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray, chunks are automatically copied to the PlayStation 4 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 PlayStation 4 players, and this is a completely background process for the player. PlayStation 4 players 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.”