Sony’s upcoming eighth generation console, PlayStation 4 will allow users to access their digital games library from any PS4 console and begin playing it almost immediately, according to Sony’s Neil Brown.
Speaking at Develop, Sony’s R&D senior team leader, Neil Brown, says, “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.”
He further explains, “You’ll never have to wait for games to install. Instead you can play instantly but still benefit from the faster loading and streaming from PS4′s hard drive thanks to more background processes:
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.”
PlayStation 4 is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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