Neil Brown, the R&D Senior Team Leader at SCEE, spoke about digital games on the PS4 and how you’ll be able to enjoy them at a friend’s house.
Unlike Microsoft, a company that seemingly went out of its way to make everything much harder to do outside of the comfort zone of your own home, Sony’s digital games on PS4 will enable you to play as you download.
“You can visit your friend’s house, you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good,” said Brown. “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.”
Brown then went on to discuss another problematic feature with the PS3 – mandatory installs. While the PS4 will have them, the wait won’t be nearly as long.
“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.”
Like I’m sure many of you are, I am a huge fan of digital downloads. Sometimes I just don’t have the money to splurge on AAA releases, and frankly, I like most downloadable games better. Having the ability to quickly play titles I’ve downloaded at a friend’s house on their console without waiting is a tremendously comforting feature.
Let’s hope Microsoft will incorporate more ease of use features into the Xbox One.