At E3 this year, Sony and Microsoft had much to say about the services they’ll be rolling out for their digital online stores, with Microsoft talking about Xbox Live’s use of cloud computing to enhance certain aspects of gameplay and Sony talking about rolling out their services for movies, music and their Playstation Plus subscription applying to the PS3, PS Vita and the PS4. Now Sony has confirmed that not only will PS Plus apply to three consoles that you may own, you’ll also be able to access and play your digital library from any other PS4 on the planet with an internet connection.
Speaking to an audience at the Develop 2013 conference, Sony’s Neil Brown confirmed a feature that gamers suspected Sony would be offering. Games that you buy on the PSN will travel with you just like Microsoft’s idea for Xbox Live. Said Brown; “You can visit your friend’s house you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library. Paired with our Play-as-you-download feature, this makes a poartable, digital library quite possible without having the impracticalities of downloading the whole game first.”
Sony has previously mentioned at E3 that games launched on the console would also be available for purchase on the PSN on the same day. Playstation Magazine also learned that just like Microsoft’s new direction with the Xbox One, games will still install to the hard drive, but you’ll need the disc inside the console to play it. Brown said that this is done to speed up read speeds, as Blu-Ray is still outclassed by the hard drive when it comes to raw performance.
“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.”