Your PS4 digital library will be playable from any system

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Speaking at the Develop conference in the UK, Sony's R&D senior team leader Neil Brown has outlined some of the PSN library features of the PlayStation 4.

(Credit: Sony)

As reported by PlayStation Magazine UK, Brown said that gamers will be able to log in to their PSN account and access their full digital library of games from any PS4 console.

This access will make use of the PS4's Play While You Download feature. Rather than waiting for a game to fully download before playing, gamers will be able to play early levels while the rest of the title downloads in the background.

According to Brown, "this makes a digital library a practical option in the real world".

The Play as You Download feature was touted at the PS4's initial launch event. At the time, Sony said it would enable you to begin playing a game shortly after purchasing it via Sony's digital store, without the game needing to finish downloading.

Sony's digital library is very similar to the library function that Microsoft had planned for the Xbox One. Microsoft's system would have allowed gamers to access all games they owned — even physical discs purchased from bricks-and-mortar retailers — as these would have been linked to individual accounts.

After backlash over the daily internet check-in requirements of the Xbox One, Microsoft reversed some of its DRM-related policies for the console, and the library function was removed. Overnight, an online petition was started to reinstate the features.

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EesK posted a comment   

This was always a PSN feature, not a rushed after thought. If you researched before posting you would realise this.

Simply look at the purchase date of Gaikai Tech and then think 'Cloud Gaming' If you ever used Gaikai before the purchase you will realise it is pretty solid and had no latency. Much better than "OnLive," say at 100Mbs.

Wow, some people?


TimA2 posted a comment   
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This is one of the Xbox One features announced at E3 by Microsoft. Sony is playing catch-up and I wonder how much of a rushed afterthought this was.


ThatGuyGeorge posted a comment   

@Nick Healey
So you did an article about the same feature the current Xbox 360 and i think also the PS3 has already?

How exactly is it a "new feature" then Nick ?


DamonM posted a comment   

Ummm, isnt that the same as the 360/xbox one? Digitally purchased games can be played from any console since it is linked to your LIVE account? I would have been impressed if they said "ANY game" could be played from the ps4 even hard discs.


MikeS3 posted a comment   

Did you read the CNET article you linked to?Quoting the article in terms of the Xbox One"What does this mean? Well, you'll no long be able to access your whole game library from anywhere — only your digital downloads"So it's the same feature that the Xbox One will have


EricT posted a comment   

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