You can play your digital games on a friend’s PS4.

Sony has confirmed that you will be able to play your digital bought games on a friend’s PS4, how does it work?

Apparently you can login to your PSN account on a friend’s PS4, download any game you have bought and play it on your friend’s console, that simple, without much hassle.
Neil Brown (Sony’s R&D senior team leader) was the one to confirm this, and as he noted, the PS4′s ability to play games as they are being downloaded allows for this to be much quicker, even if you only get to play a portion of the game.

Neil Brown:
“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.”

Of course, there are a few questions that arise: how many consoles can you do this with? how many consoles can be connected to the same account at the same time? is there any other limitation to this?

It’s no doubt that this is Sony’s response to Microsoft removing the family plan, a really bad move from Microsoft if you ask me. It seems now that it’s Sony the ones giving users options, and listening to their opinions, and this is a big plus for me when considering next-gen consoles. Let me hear your thoughts on the comments bellow.

Source:

    http://www.geek.com/games/sony-confirms-you-can-download-and-play-your-ps4-games-at-a-friends-house-1561756/
  1. aaronar’s avatar

    Cool, But I doubt that sony won’t have a limit

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    1. Leires’s avatar

      Well, to be fair, they used to allow you to share any of your games with 4 other people (for a total of 5 accounts)on PS3 for a very very long time. They eventually lowered it to one other person, but there’s no limits, currently, on PS3. So it’s very possible they’re just going to follow that. Wish vita worked the same way, though..

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    2. UE’s avatar

      There is a limit, your account cannot be logged in at all elsewhere or it won’t connect, ergo you won’t have people logging in to the same account from multiple places to play games at once even if they are separate games.

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  2. k3nn’s avatar

    aside from that: when I get home and play it online AND my girlfriend starts playing it at the same time…what happens then?

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    1. Acid_Snake’s avatar

      probably won’t work online as the same accounts will try to connect at the same time on the same console.

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      1. somthing something something light side’s avatar

        i wonder, because say it was ur GF you would be ok with having your account on her console, because your game is now installed on her console, presuming she is using her acocunt and your acocunt was still on her ps4, the game would still work and both you could play the game, there for owning two consoles and only buying digital games would allow you and someone else in your household or your girlfriend to play online or system link and both play the same game with only ever buying the game once

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        1. UE’s avatar

          You would have to claim her ps4 as your home ps4 and then log in from the other ps4 and play on that while she could play your games on the “home” ps4.

          Just having your account there doesn’t let you play the games, you have to be logged in and only one person per device can be logged in at any one time.
          This will be more a system for taking your digital games to a friend’s house rather than a system for sharing your games, the only way to share your games would be to really really trust that friend only to use the account and games when you say it is okay for them to do so.

          The way the dedicated home console works is that singular console is identified as your home console and your playstation + benefits and all digital games are accessible by every account on the system but on any other console this is not the case.

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          1. gunblade’s avatar

            if i onnwed two or more ps4 and had them as my home ps4 could they be activated to the same account? will there be like an admin an guest account thing for the ps4 like a desktop?

          2. UE’s avatar

            @gunblade: The way it works is you can tie your account to one PS4 as your “home machine” this is your primary machine and any games you buy on it via the online service can be played by ANY account on the system.
            Also any account on the system can purchase games through the playstation + network if you are a member and play their games online.

            You can use the account on any other ps4 however any games you download won’t function unless that account has purchased the game or is using your account while playing the game.

            Basically both will worth with your account, you just won’t be able to use the same account on both at the same time (a perfectly fair thing)

  3. FoxSevent’s avatar

    Another question comes to mind.
    How will this work with sand box games? Games with huge open worlds.
    Obviously downloading only portion of game wont work with these,as there are no separate levels in them.

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    1. DQEight’s avatar

      Downloads the world and objects first and then the missions in order

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    2. ZacUAX’s avatar

      It’d work just fine. They could toss you in a small tutorial area, or put up road blocks saying ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’ on them or something. Developers just gotta get creative.

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  4. Arash Andalib’s avatar

    Let me clarify this post :
    First you can only set one console as your home console and your games will always be available on that console to you and anyone that uses that console. Second when you go to a friends house you can login to your account and play your game library but only until you are logged in as soon as you log out your game library will disappear from that console.

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    1. Acid_Snake’s avatar

      actually no. They said the game is downloaded on your friend’s console so my guess is that it stays there unless your friend deletes it or formats his drive.

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      1. jlo138’s avatar

        But it won’t be playable if that account is logged off.

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        1. Death of Chaos’s avatar

          What source are you getting your information from?

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        2. gunblade’s avatar

          yea kinda like the vita were the game r like restricted to the account that it was purchased on.. but i guess if like a start a game at my house then go to my cousin house n play it there i can use the save game feature to continue from were i left off. it seems that if the game r restricted that if one was even able to make a backup of the download game that it wont make much use for like distribution cuz u wont be able to play that game unless ur long in to the account the game was purchased with (piracy be shi**) i guess the ps4 would be able to know the difference from a ps4 game and a bluray rw too..

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      2. gunblade’s avatar

        i guess it makes sense that i buy a game download n get to use it like a game disk or play it at my cousin house

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    2. L337Snowman’s avatar

      It will stay there, because otherwise that would be plain dumb and a bit of a timewaster. Xbox Live currently does the same thing, you migrate the account to your friend’s Xbox, download one of your games, play it, and then when you leave, the game stays on the console but it can only be played when the Xbox is logged in to your account.

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  5. The Kick’s avatar

    Sony has poor execution when it comes to some things; We’ll have to wait and see before judging. Sony’s concepts always seem good on paper, because they are. However, we never really know how they’ll implement somethings. I’m interested in the Launch consoles. It doesn’t seem as though they’ll have the same buggy start. (Bugs will be present but not to a extent worth talking too much about.)

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    1. Acid_Snake’s avatar

      If there’s something Sony always does good is Hardware, they always make the best quality, but when it comes to software they overly focus on security rather than features and this is something you can see on the Vita (what the Vita OS is today is what it should have been from the start rather than constantly updating things)

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      1. Leires’s avatar

        Cept the whole backwards compatible PS3s being a timebomb thing. :x Makes me sad, man. I’ve owned several CECHAs and they all died (cept my current one, which sounds like a wind tunnel if i leave it on, and according to multiman, the RSX goes to like 85-90f and the GPU goes to like, 95-100f, with brand new thermal pads, the supposed ‘good’ PSU, the better fans [the 18 blades, was it?] and new thermal paste) because of sony’s ‘good’ hardware. :/

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        1. Leires’s avatar

          also, ignore the angry face, : x to me is a sort of hushed face..but the blog assumes it as an angry face, which is not the emotion i’m going for in the statement T.T

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          1. gunblade’s avatar

            u should upgrade n rebuild the ps3 i wana put like a Thermoelectric Cooler Peltier in my ps3..but my ps3 working fine as i took it apart n didnt realy put it all back together i just got the cpu plate thing skew on the rest of the ps3 jus placed to gether..

        2. Acid_Snake’s avatar

          that’s odd, my cecha still rocks and plays anything I throw at (no overheating, not dead laser…), I guess some were faulty and others weren’t. I personally think european models were done better as they were created later than US models.

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          1. Leires’s avatar

            Never heard that most BC models get YLOD’d? I’ve seen an 80GB’s laser die, i know a guy who’s cecha YLOD’d, sent it to sony, they gave him another just for it to die again about a year later :/ It might be that EUR models are better made..It’s just (from what i’ve read) that they..god, what was it..poorly soldered? something like that..something about basically the only way to fix the problem is to reball which is expensive as heck, not many people do it (since it’s difficult) and usually not worth shelling out for..the lasers dying was a common problem, but they were cheap enough to fix..Maybe you got lucky D: Wish i had yours T.T

        3. gunblade’s avatar

          i had to clean my fan in my ps3 the thing was dirty..

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      2. Death of Chaos’s avatar

        I love my Playstation consoles, but hardware durability HAS to go to Nintendo. I haven’t ever seen a Wii crap out unless the owner was hard on it in some way for a long time and I’ve only seen on Wii with a bad disc drive, lol.

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        1. UE’s avatar

          Easy to do when you are using the same generation of technology from the last generation… Things get really easy to perfect when you have THAT long to work on them.

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  6. capcomlegend’s avatar

    lol everytime I see something writen by Acid_Snake I think about the first MGS Acid game for PSP with the 2 fuckin puppets hijacking a airplane, dont ask me why,I get graphic,vivid visions, but then I get this itching urge to play it for like maybe 2 days just to get that “old portable feel” <— non-sexual lol then I return to normal onto a regular console… just thought u should know Acid_Snake that some of us still do think of you <— non-sexual :D

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    1. Acid_Snake’s avatar

      thanks for the compliment (I guess lol). I’ve been out of the scene for a while but you’ll be hearing a lot from me from now on

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      1. MarSprite’s avatar

        Good to hear. All good things I hope.

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  7. Gabriel Uribe’s avatar

    Hi!
    Sony already has lock that function to only 2 “mainly” consoles in the PS3, when a few months ago you could that in 5 consoles… You can log in 5 different consoles, but you can only play your digital content in the first 2.
    I hope they set a lock for playing them only when you are logged in at any console. And of curse, let us have 2 o 3 consoles as mainly consoles, where you don’t have to be logged in to play that content. This will help us for people that have more than 3 consoles.

    I hope that this move from Sony make Microsoft to restore the “Family” option. Because they already said that you can log in with your MS account at any Xbox One and you have access to your digital library.

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    1. UE’s avatar

      go do a little bit of reading, they have released all the final info about how accounts work… there is no need for speculation and I cannot be bothered to explain it.

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    2. gunblade’s avatar

      read on the guardian Microsoft going to have family sharing plan..

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      1. UE’s avatar

        Time will tell, microsoft should have had their old sharing system in play but for digital games only, honestly the only reason they didn’t was so they could say that people would be missing out on something because they wanted the terrible systems gone.

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  8. kupomogli’s avatar

    It’ll probably be like the PS3 does now. Two accounts can be activated on one PS3.

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  9. JoDe’s avatar

    Yeah this is something Xbox can do already

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    1. squiggly’s avatar

      Yep I have done this with my 360 for years on at least 5 friends xbox consoles with out any issues.

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  10. man_of_power05’s avatar

    this is good and all but lets not forget sony reduced the number of activated consoles and handhelds from 5 to 2 and some people might not know this but that INCLUDES psp and vita so if you have say a psp and a vita, that’s all. you can’t activate any more handhelds with an account. knowing sony they’ll have the same limitation on ps4.

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    1. ricerrr’s avatar

      you can only activate one vita you cant have 2 vita’s under the same account. As for psp’s i thing you can only have one as well not to sure about that one

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      1. stOneskull’s avatar

        i don’t think that’s a big deal.. what other handheld is there? one psp and one vita each is fine i think.. i’m happy with that.. i can play the one crash bandicoot purchase on ps3, psp and vita, even share the save game between them.. same with minis… and music unlimited, man…. pc, ps3, vita, psp and my android phone! 5 devices!

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      2. gunblade’s avatar

        idk i have two vita active on my account i had to remove a psp but i got two ps3 two vita an a psp on my account but i think therez a limit to how much portable can be on an account think its tree since i had to remove one psp

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  11. ricerrr’s avatar

    This will probably eliminate 2 people buying one game online like the ps3 works today, because it sounds like you can only download the games on the 1st console you activate, and if you logging to another console like your friends you can only play them over SONY’s servers while logged on.

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    1. stOneskull’s avatar

      it could be… like remote play..

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    2. UE’s avatar

      Nope not how it works, go google and you will find your info.

      They released all of this a little while back with how it will work and what systems are in place including the whole “home console” concept and so on so forth.

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      1. tryrush deppy’s avatar

        where do i find this ‘google’ you are referencing?
        also, could you be a tad less vague and explain in detail what it is you are encompassing when you write: ‘so on so forth’ ???

        thank you kindly, in advance, my fine simple sir.

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        1. UE’s avatar

          Nope, my reference to google was purely for the sake that I did not want to bother explaining any further.

          Ah fine
          http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Not+happening+I+am+too+lazy+but+here+is+google

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    3. gunblade’s avatar

      heard on wikipedia the sony playsation app let u use tablets and phones as a second screen.. saw a picture of the ps4 ui or the orbis os weird as i kind of dont like the xbox 360 ui..think i read that the gaikai game streaming is jus for trying out games would be cool to jus stream games

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      1. UE’s avatar

        Gaikai streaming is for playing games, ps3 games will be played through gaikai (we know this from the initial launch back at the start of the year)

        When it will be effective is another matter, personally it matters little to me because I don’t live in america ergo I will get terrible latency and gaikai will be useless to me and most of the world.

        I don’t know about iphones/pads as sony is pretty anti apple (not a bad thing to be when they are in direct competition) however yes definitely with android systems this is true and they showed it working as an app in playroom.

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  12. gunblade’s avatar

    coool.. think sony should do this for there game disk… um streaming media from my ps4 to like my cuzens ps4…

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    1. tryrush deppy’s avatar

      the word is ‘cousin’ ¦¤]

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    2. gunblade’s avatar

      cousin…

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    3. UE’s avatar

      Cou-Signageramajigayonocoolios

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  13. Tnutbutter’s avatar

    They won’t sell many games this way. Am I correct?

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    1. UE’s avatar

      Incorrect, not sure what made you think that?

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    2. hurray’s avatar

      big dick games

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  14. shenmue’s avatar

    Physical game discs or the old-style cartridges still the way to go. I like to own physical things and not some phantom shit on a server. If there’s a company now that can make do the old-style things, it will beat both Sony and Microsoft.

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  15. Kyu’s avatar

    Sony deliberately wants to do the exact opposite of what Minisoft originally proposed and more,lol.

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  16. Anunknownauthor’s avatar

    This is really good news. Hopefully some of this forward thinking will extend to the vita and sub accounts. Really odd though that they are pushing this now due to Microsoft but with Sony if I buy a game on my account I can’t download it on my daughters sub account ( or even play it at all when it comes to vita titles and some ps3 ones) so whilst its great news for future ps4 owners I wish they’d stop crippling their existing systems. There’s loads of games I want to play for the vita using my account that I have legally purchased on my daughters sub-account but Sony won’t let me. And I refuse to purchase the same game twice as I wouldn’t ihone to if it was a physical copy.

    If Sony do stick to this I can see digital downloads for games going through the roof as that is one of the only downsides to digital copies.

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