Sony, on something of a roll just now, have today confirmed that you’ll be able to log into your account anywhere else, and play your PS4 games. If this sounds familiar, it’s similar to what Microsoft were offering before the dramatic 180 turnaround a few weeks back. Or, at least I think it was, through all the fog.
Speaking at Develop [via], Sony’s R&D senior team leader Neil Brown said that when you visit a friend’s house you can “log into your account and play any game from your digital library” which is great news indeed.
Of course, we’re missing a few details, like how many times can you do this, with how many friends, and how long does the game remain, but – yeah – this is good to hear.
Sony are also talking about Play As You Download, which is a rather un-snappy but altogether more description version of PlayGo. It’s the system that lets you start playing whilst the game is still downloading. This isn’t magic, it’s simply the main executable and the requisite first level, for example, but it’s much better than waiting for 40GB to crawl down the pipes.
And then take another hour to install.
“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,” said Brown. “So this makes a digital library a practical option in the real world.”
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray,” he addded. “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.”
Now that’s magic.