We have some good news for those of you planning to buy the Sony PS4 this year, especially consumers who spend the majority of their time buying and playing digital titles. With the initial confusion regarding Microsoft’s Xbox One console and DRM restrictions, you’ll be pleased to hear that things look to be more straight forward on the PS4 with regards to how digital purchases will take place on the new console.
In fact, it looks like your digital experience on PS4 is largely going to be the same as to how it probably is at the moment on PS3. Sony has again confirmed that consumers will be able to play digital titles elsewhere on another console without any restrictions. Simply log into your PSN account on another console and you should be able to access the digital game that you purchased on your home console without any hassle.
Sony has also made a point to say that this process can be performed from any location, so if you are away on vacation for example you can still access your digital collection on a relative’s PS4 as long as you are logged into your personal account. While most of you will say this is similar to the PS3 experience, there is one big change on PS4 to remind you about.
When downloading digital games on PS4, you’ll now have the option of playing the game almost straight away, using Sony’s new ‘Play as you Download’ feature. This will also work at a friends home, meaning you won’t have to wait around for a big title to download before beginning play – often a major headache on PS3.
It could be the feature that makes digital purchases a lot more ideal for consumers and don’t forget that a similar process will also be in place for Blu-Ray games as well. You may not have been too comfortable with digital gaming on the PS3, but it seems that Sony are trying hard to change your mind as we make the transition into next-gen.
What are your thoughts on this? Will you be more comfortable buying digital content on the PS4 now?
Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8