A Sony R&D senior team leader, Neil Brown, has made an official statement regarding the portability of your digital game library with the PS4 at a recent tech conference. His statement was as follows:
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.
An advantage to this system is that it will allow you to start playing your new titles instantly without having to wait for the games to install. He went on to explain the following:
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.
The PS4 is pushing digital launches alongside physical launches which makes the realm for an all-digital library a more feasible idea. If you do happen to buy the physical copy, you'll still be able to bring it to your friend's house and install it on his console. The catch is you will need to have the disc inserted in the tray to play the game.
Don't forget to pre-order your PS4 console and avoid the rush of trying to snag one after its release!
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