PS4 Will Allow Access To Digital Library Of Games From Any Console
Before cheering like a mongoose, be sure to read all of this first so you can know what will be new.
That’s because current-gen consoles do already allow remote access to PSN and Xbox Live accounts and the digitally-purchased games attached to said accounts. But there’s something the PS4 will introduce that will make it viable and even better.
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Senior Sony engineer Neil Brown, when speaking at Develop today, confirmed that the PS3 will allow gamers quick access to their digital libraries from any PS4, by just logging into their PSN accounts. He then revealed what makes it better than current-gen.
“You can visit your friends house you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good,” said Brown, as reported by Official PlayStation Magazine UK.
However, it’s the PS4’s ability to play games while they’re being downloaded that makes it viable.
“But how useful is that if it takes half a day to download the game you want to play?” added Brown.
“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.”
The Xbox One will allow for something similar. Remember for both consoles this only applies to digital games, and disc-based games will still need to be carried around as it is today.
If you recall, Microsoft originally wanted to allow Xbox One owners to access even their physical games library from any console (via a digital download of course) without needing the discs.
However, this and many of their policies were dropped after massive backlash, negative word of the Xbox One reaching mainstream, the threat of the PS4’s pre-order count winning even in the US, Microsoft’s primary market, and because features like these relied on controversial game licensing policies, loss of consumer ownership in the traditional sense, value-less discs and restrictions.
I’m really not sure how, with our internet, being able to Play As You Download will work, but I guess we’ll find out when we have the consoles in our possession.