Sony Explains PlayStation 4 Digital Game Sharing

Sony Explains PlayStation 4 Digital Game Sharing

Sharing digital games on the PlayStation 4 is just a little bit more complex than handing over a physical copy.

Sony made a pretty big deal about the ease with which PlayStation 4 owners can share games back in the summer, taking full advantage of Microsoft's shockingly weak performance at E3, and it holds true as long as physical copies of games are the matter at hand. When it comes to digital titles, however, the process of sharing becomes a little more complicated.

According to a newly-posted FAQ, you can activate one PlayStation 4 console as your "primary" system, and anyone who uses it can play the games you've downloaded without requiring a login, as well as take advantage of "certain" PlayStation Plus benefits if you're a member. That much seems simple enough.

If you're on another system, however, you'll have to sign into your PlayStation Network account in order to download and play games, and the games will only run when that account is logged in. PlayStation Plus benefits will apply when you're logged into a non-primary console, but again, only on your account. You'll be allowed to use two systems concurrently: your primary console and one other.

You apparently won't be required to activate a primary system but doing so provides a number of benefits including digital game sharing as detailed above, plus the ability to preorder or purchase content through the PlayStation App and have it automatically downloaded to the console, and to connect to the PS4 with a PS Vita over the internet using Remote Play functionality.

The FAQ also notes that the PS4 will support up to 2000 friends on PSN and display them all when connected, vastly surpassing the 100 friend limit of the PS3.

Source: PlayStation

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You almost gave me a fucking heart attack with that subtitle there.

After that article about the PS4 day-one patch to effective make the freakin' console work, I thought this was yet another instance of Sony shitting the bed. But thankfully this is only regarding digital game sharing not the physical copies.

Seems reasonable enough. We expect sharing physical games to be easy, simple because it's a physical thing, of course it shouldn't be any harder than giving the damn thing to someone else, but if we allowed that same sharing on an unlimited basis for digital products, only one person in every social group of people would ever buy anything.

However, the fact that Xbox one now has a limited way for people to share digital purchases might make things interesting.

Man makes me kinda sad for Microsoft, it they had had better presentation and actually explained things they would on the same boat now; which is people who want to use this feature and think its cool are happy, people who have no use/want for it don't give a crap and ignore it, instead of everyone flipping their shit.

So pretty much how the 360 works now then? I have 2 consoles in my home and I can download a game onto one and then use the second console with the account I d/led it on and run 2 copies of the game at the same time while the first one is signed into a different account.

steam's family share sounds a kind of better but at least the ps4 get something good instead of nothing

So, you can share a game to... you? Great.
Valve, you're my last hope.

I would wear the PS3 does the primary system thing already, but I could be wrong.

Seems reasonable enough. No weird hoops and such. You can play your digital games on any console you are logged into, and you can be logged into 2 consoles at once. I'm actually kind of disappointed at the lack of stupidity and drama in this announcement. Haven't they been paying attention to Microsoft's steady stream of entertaining comedic materials?

Fair enough, seems like Sony's been learning in Valve's school on how to make reasonable DRM policies*.

*Cue angry Xbone fans in 3... 2... 1...

Sounds simple enough. Especially compared to Microsoft's splurge of information thrown at us. And I like the fact that it's something you don't need to worry about if you don't want to.

I don't think this is drastically different than what the PS3 does now. Honestly, I wasn't worried. I'll probably buy most games as physical copies anyway. I just like have the discs to hold and snuggle and whatnot. Indie titles will probably be the primary things I download.

And this honestly doesn't sound different from one of the only versions I heard Microsoft was touting as their Family Sharing Plan that we would benefit from. The only other one that I actually believe being the "glorified Demo" version.

Casual Shinji:
You almost gave me a fucking heart attack with that subtitle there.

After that article about the PS4 day-one patch to effective make the freakin' console work, I thought this was yet another instance of Sony shitting the bed. But thankfully this is only regarding digital game sharing not the physical copies.

I know the Xbone requires a Day One patch to fix all the screw ups and basically make the system work as it should have from the beginning. But haven't heard that about the PS4. Mind you, I may have missed that story.

So pretty much if my friend wants to borrow my digital game and they want the perks they're going to have to camp at my home for the next 3 weeks while they try my game out or go without the perks to play at their own home.

Haha, I love how they mention that there are no "Usage fees" just to get a quick dig in at Microsoft. It's fun to watch these console giants throw rocks at one another.

Tradjus:
Haha, I love how they mention that there are no "Usage fees" just to get a quick dig in at Microsoft. It's fun to watch these console giants throw rocks at one another.

Maybe I'm just being a pessimist, but I would have used the word "sad". How we've gotten to the point where saying "you don't have to pay to play a used game" is a dig at the opposition is really beyond me.

Actually, your friend can play your game (The full game) as much as he wants.....forever...as long as you trust him with your account information and don't mind him logging in as you from his house.

In fact, this seems like an easy way to end up getting far less sales...as it's way too abusable to be honest.

When I was a kid...a new game was expensive. I'm pretty sure they are still now...and most kids have friends. Say you and your friend both want 2 games. You can both buy 1 game, and then share each others accounts and play the other game for free at home.

You could even share your game with multiple friends, just 2 of your friends can't play at the same time. I had a core group of 4 friends for instance as a kid...and all 4 of us could chip in together to buy 1 game, then share it (only 2 being able to play at the same time...but all 4 being able to do so without having to carry physical copies all over.

Adults won't bother I'm sure...but kids will pick up on this stuff fast...and have a much more limited budget.

Information on this is kinda, "meh". Considering the hype they twisted around this feature it is more or less the same thing as a ps3 account. So, not really impressed.

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Great job with the imbed guys! I love the way it can't even be read. I love it when that happens.

saintdane05:
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Great job with the imbed guys! I love the way it can't even be read. I love it when that happens.

Clearly it's cause you're using chrome. Obviously IE is the best way to go

OT: This seems like exactly what both the 360 and ps3 are currently doing. Why is this news?

Saltyk:
I don't think this is drastically different than what the PS3 does now. Honestly, I wasn't worried. I'll probably buy most games as physical copies anyway. I just like have the discs to hold and snuggle and whatnot. Indie titles will probably be the primary things I download.

And this honestly doesn't sound different from one of the only versions I heard Microsoft was touting as their Family Sharing Plan that we would benefit from. The only other one that I actually believe being the "glorified Demo" version.

*snip quote*

I know the Xbone requires a Day One patch to fix all the screw ups and basically make the system work as it should have from the beginning. But haven't heard that about the PS4. Mind you, I may have missed that story.

There was a news article saying that the PS4 has a 300mb day 1 patch which adds alot of the online sharing features (not unreasonable) and the ability to play Bluray and DVD movies. Sony's explanation for the last one was that you need to activate the system to play movies, abit odd but other than that the system works right out of the box so not unfair imo.

The 2000 friends limit seems a bit out of the blue. Who cares about that, especially when it's impossible to make that many friends to begin with?

What is the point of increasing the cap on friends? If you even hit the 100 cap, the friends list means nothing to you anyway. I believe in the three years I played multiplayer on 360, I have only gained 31 friends and I was being liberal on who I accepted.

Deshara:

OT: This seems like exactly what both the 360 and ps3 are currently doing. Why is this news?

It is what the 360 is doing. The PS3 originally allowed you to have your content restriction free on 5 consoles, then on 2. This is actually a step back from PS3 in this case. It is exactly the 360 system currently.

So, exactly like PS3 but only 1 console instead of 2. Sucks if you constantly move between 2 apartments with 2 consoles. Not a dealbreaker though, way better than Vita.

Not a huge step forward, but the PS4's digital system is still a damn sight better than the pre-180 Xbone's digital prison.
Most importantly, IT DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH USAGE OF PHYSICAL MEDIA AT ALL.
So at least the main appeal of home convenience is maintained.

Still, can't wait for those Xbone Heartbreaks to show up and ignorantly whine some more.

Deshara:

saintdane05:


Great job with the imbed guys! I love the way it can't even be read. I love it when that happens.

Clearly it's cause you're using chrome. Obviously IE is the best way to go

*Gasp* How DID you know? Are you a SPY? *forgets what we're all talking about temporary*

OT: At first, everything sounded familiar enough... and then they state that we can now have up to 2000 friends on our PSN on the PS4?!

FUCKING SOLD!!!!

I hate playing "highlander" with my lack of a limiting PSN friends just to add in new current ones...

Roxor:
The 2000 friends limit seems a bit out of the blue. Who cares about that, especially when it's impossible to make that many friends to begin with?

It's possible... if your THAT popular and you just so happen to show your PSN name in public simultaneously...

Rainbow_Dashtruction:
What is the point of increasing the cap on friends?

"You can never have too many friends..." *twitches*

As long as I can take my physical games to friends' houses freely, I'm happy. But I do think if digital is to become to norm, the system limit will have to increase, or better, go completely.

Roxor:
The 2000 friends limit seems a bit out of the blue. Who cares about that, especially when it's impossible to make that many friends to begin with?

Just like with the Xbox One they assume that everyone is a YouTuber with several thousand subscribers all desperate to friend the person. Increasing to above 100? Sure, but in the thousands just seems silly.

Saltyk:
I don't think this is drastically different than what the PS3 does now. Honestly, I wasn't worried. I'll probably buy most games as physical copies anyway. I just like have the discs to hold and snuggle and whatnot. Indie titles will probably be the primary things I download.

And this honestly doesn't sound different from one of the only versions I heard Microsoft was touting as their Family Sharing Plan that we would benefit from. The only other one that I actually believe being the "glorified Demo" version.

Casual Shinji:
You almost gave me a fucking heart attack with that subtitle there.

After that article about the PS4 day-one patch to effective make the freakin' console work, I thought this was yet another instance of Sony shitting the bed. But thankfully this is only regarding digital game sharing not the physical copies.

I know the Xbone requires a Day One patch to fix all the screw ups and basically make the system work as it should have from the beginning. But haven't heard that about the PS4. Mind you, I may have missed that story.

It's not to make it work, it is to make the DVD and Blu-ray player to work for playing DVDs and Blu-rays. Because the games come on blu-ray discs people misunderstood a little. It will work right away, but knowing Sony you won't actually get to play before downloading the update (my main problem with PS3). Also I agree with you that this sounds exactly like how the PS3 works.

Meh, PC sharing still works best.

I can just give people my humble bundle games without anything silly getting in the way of our fun. That's how its supposed to work.

Ps3 sharing was best. If theyre limiting that too then thats just another nail in the digital coffin

 

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