Sony releases details on PlayStation 4 game sharing
Sony released details how digital games will be used and shared on PlayStation 4.
PlayStation 4 owners will be asked to register a PlayStation 4 on their PlayStation accounts as a primary console. This will allow others who use the console with other PlayStation accounts to still play all games and apps downloaded from the PlayStation Store and to use PlayStation Plus benefits. Owners may also connect to the console over the internet via PlayStation Vita for remote play.
Registered primary consoles will allow other users to make use of the mentioned benefits without having to log into the owner's account, meaning other users may use their own PlayStation accounts without issue or penalty. Other users may also use the benefits from a PlayStation Plus subscription tied to the owner's account without having to sign the primary account in.
Users may download games purchased via PlayStation Store onto secondary consoles by signing into PlayStation Network. Only that specific user may start the downloaded game, and users can have an account assigned to only two PS4s at one time – making it easy to be signed in on a friend's PS4 to share games. The PS4 FAQ states the primary and secondary systems can be used "concurrently," so an account may be able to be signed in both at home and at a friend's. There is no limit to the number of consoles to which you may download games. This means you can share games with friends even if you aren't at your friend's location. But you have to give up your password.
Disc sharing hasn't changed; you can still share disc games with anyone you want. No internet connection is necessary, and no used games fees happen.
Wow, go go fanboys! I'm not sure what needs to be going on in your head to spin this as a positive for the PS4, but I respect you for trying (in the way you respect a crazy person)
This is a huge step back from the PS3. Under the current system, anyone who logged into a PS3 local could DL games to that system and they could be played by any account on that system. I still play flower from time to time on my account after a friend downloaded it onto my PS3 years ago from there account.
On the PS4, that friend would need to be logged into their account for me to play it on my PS4. We couldn't play multi-player if the game supported it (seeing my account couldn't run the game). Plus it will stop running on my machine if he loads it on another, even under his account.
The best comment is how this is better then xbox's DRM ... My question for you is if they are saying you can only run it on two system, how exactly do you think they are going to enforce that without DRM? This will clearly require some type of online check before you can run games that have been loaded into your PS4s from other accounts, or why have the limit at all? So don't plan on playing your brothers games on your PS4 when the internet is down.
Now that said, Sony isn't breaking there DRM free promise. Anyone who was paying attention will remember they said "we will never control what you do with your PHYSICAL copies of games". What they do with your digital games was never talked about, and now I see why.
What point? You never had a point. It's nothing like what Microsoft was doing.
Thanks for proving my point.
i probably won't be using this. my brother and i usually get the games we are interested in ourselves anyways and the games we don't have that the other does, we don't like
isn't that how it is on the PS3 now?
"Sony released details how digital games will be used and shared on PlayStation 4." Is reading really so damn hard?
Seriously? Isn't this the EXACT same thing Microsoft did with the Xbox One? Without all the DRMs of course.
I certainly hope so. It would be great to play co-op games "locally" (in a sense) again in the age of all online multiplayer.
sony you can put your pimp hand and glove away now microsoft has taken enough of it for one launch cycle.
The PS4 FAQ reads that you're able to use two systems "concurrently." This covers the primary/secondary deal, but it sounds like your account can be signed in at two places at once. This may mean you can share your account is a friend and do online co-op that way, but not entirely certain about that. I'll see what I can dig up.
I cleaned up the wording in the first paragraph a little bit. I wrote it like an amendment to the Constitution rather than a guide to PS4.
Yay Sony keeping their promises your turn Microsoft....
Sounds excellent. So I'm a little foggy...simul co-op, is it good?
Pretty complex, but I'm okay with it.
I'm ok with it.