Sony’s PS4 looks just a little sweeter after today’s news that games will be playable on any system via the “digital library”. You can access your account from another system and the titles you own anywhere. Since the PS4’s technology allows you to start playing as you download, in theory you can fire up any of your games quickly wherever you are!
Speaking at the Develop conference in Brighton, Sony R&D senior team leader, Neil Brown spoke up the process that allows you to access your games anywhere.
“You can visit your friend’s house you can log into your account and play any 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.”
He went on to explain how that very system means you’ll never have to wait for games to install. You can play instantly but still benefit from the faster loading and streaming from PS4?s hard drive thanks to more background processes:
“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.”