Speaking at Develop Sony have revealed some interesting regarding how the Playstation 4’s digital library system is going to work, namely that you’ll be able to log in to your account from anybodies console and access your entire roster of downloaded titles. What’s more you’re not going to have to wait around for it to download so you can get playing, as Sony explained:
“You can visit your friends 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.”
At the moment, though, it’s a tad unclear as to whether this works only with digitally downloaded games, or if you’ll also be able to access games from your library that you purchased on a physical disc. The liklihood is that it only applies to games bought over the Playstation Network, but it would be nice to think that we’d be able to access our disc-based games in the same way.
The Internet reaction to this has been a little odd, with quite a lot of people hailing this as a revolutionary new feature that is going to crush Microsoft, while the more level-headed gamers are busy pointing out that both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 already do this, with the exception of being able to play the game while it’s actually downloading. It’s not a new feature, but it’s still nice to get confirmation that Sony will be continuing to use it on their new system. They’ve yet to confirm whether there will be any limitations placed upon the system, as there is with the PS3 which currently only lets two active consoles access a single library.