Sony is confirming that the PlayStation 4 will allow players to access their accounts and play their digital game libraries anywhere and on any PlayStation 4 console, according to a report by Official PlayStation Magazine.
This news comes from the mouth of Sony R&D senior team leader Neil Brown, speaking at the Develop Conference in London, who attributes the capability to the “Play As You Download” feature, which let’s players begin playing a game before it’s finished downloading.
“You can visit your friend’s house, log into your account, and play any game from your digital library, which is good,” Brown said. “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 says the same applies to installs, allowing you to play instantly while PlayStation 4 handles processing in the background.
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray,” he continued, “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.”