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We already know that you’ll be able to share physical copies of PlayStation 4 games without any meddlesome, intrusive DRM – but Sony’s now detailed how you might be able to do the same with your digitally downloaded titles as well.

In truth, it doesn’t fundamentally function any different to how you’d share or access your digital PlayStation 3 games right now.

If you’re signed in as the primary user, you have access to your entire library of digital games – no matter what console you’re playing on. You will, naturally, have to download said games on the new console, but that is because quantum computing isn’t a commercially viable thing yet. Games downloaded by the primary user, on the primary console will function across all games on that console as well, exactly as it is right now on the PS3 (and Xbox 360 as well).

What is neat is that you’re allowed two instances of the primary user being logged in at any one time – so if you have a household with two PlayStation 4’s because you earn entirely too much money, you can be signed in on both and have access to all of the content on either machine. You would, for example, only have to buy Killzone: Shadow Fall once, to be able to play it co-op in your own home.

The same rule applies to PlayStation Plus and its content – so you only need one subscription per household. Neat. Each PSN account will need to be tied to a ‘primary’ PS4 console.

Last Updated: October 28, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

71 Comments

  1. RangerMossel

    October 28, 2013 at 08:34

    What’s a “sad game”?

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    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      October 28, 2013 at 08:35

      It is a console game that realises it can’t be played on the PC.

      Sad console game is sad. 😛

      Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 28, 2013 at 08:37

        That is truly sad. Thinking of all those games now makes me sad.

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      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 28, 2013 at 08:41

        Very sad indeed.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 28, 2013 at 08:56

        Heavy Rain was really a sad console game about tears.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 28, 2013 at 08:59

          oh hush! too early for this!

          Reply

    • Umar heartless

      October 28, 2013 at 08:39

      A game that realized it was published by EA…poor game

      Reply

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        October 28, 2013 at 08:40

        One day, that’ll be every game ever published. EA will rule the world…

        And we’ll all be playing FIFA day in, day out, to the sound of laughter from our EA overlords.

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        • Umar heartless

          October 28, 2013 at 08:43

          LOL dude, why are you painting such a depressing future so early in the morning lol Mindless drones coming back from serving the MAN , the only thing they have to look forward to is playing FIFA…day in….day out…till they die…FIFA…forever and ever

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          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            October 28, 2013 at 08:52

            It’s Monday. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. Only reason I could think of. 😛

          • Umar heartless

            October 28, 2013 at 09:00

            Lol …good enough 😉

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 08:56

            Fifa forever! kill me now!

      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 28, 2013 at 08:41

        Haha. Win

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  2. Umar heartless

    October 28, 2013 at 08:38

    Have to keep razor blades away from those sad games 🙁

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    • RangerMossel

      October 28, 2013 at 08:41

      Poor souls, if only they weren’t so exclusive. They’d be alot happier and prettier on PC. 😛

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      • Umar heartless

        October 28, 2013 at 08:45

        They do end up on PC some time in the future, but with crappier controls and no graphics options…by then , the sadness has progressed to depression and … I dread to think what is next for them.

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  3. Vampyre Squirrel

    October 28, 2013 at 08:43

    Cher those games!!! lmao… nice one Geoff 😛

    Also… it’s obviously too early for you…

    “…you have access t your entire library of digital games…”

    “…have to download sad games on the new console…”

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    • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

      October 28, 2013 at 08:45

      Ah, Geoff’s just expressing himself.

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    • Umar heartless

      October 28, 2013 at 08:46

      Geoff…redefining the English language one article at a time.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 28, 2013 at 08:47

        redefining.

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        • Umar heartless

          October 28, 2013 at 08:47

          That’s what I typed 😛

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 28, 2013 at 08:55

            I saw eeeeeeeet. 😉

          • Umar heartless

            October 28, 2013 at 08:56

            LOL …….. *cough cough* …….I do not know what you’re talking about 😛

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 28, 2013 at 08:52

      I was also like “why the games sad?” Mondays are rough on poor games!

      Reply

  4. John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

    October 28, 2013 at 08:49

    I’m still upset about Black Cat’s new packaging.

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    • Umar heartless

      October 28, 2013 at 08:50

      LOL Why are people upset about it? the Kittie cat looks cute….

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      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 28, 2013 at 08:52

        There’s something very wrong about giving a childhood character a facelift.
        And plastic tubs. I mean really, next they’re going to start selling it scooped out into paper towels to be even more cheap.

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  5. Brenz

    October 28, 2013 at 08:52

    Sad games aside….
    This is awesome news, digital sharing and being able to buy one copy to share for the household and only one ps+ account.
    I love you Sony, if I could turn back time, I wouldn’t do it any different, because in you I found someone, its all or nothing, you’re my dark lady.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 28, 2013 at 08:54

      Sony’s the devil in a black dress.

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      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 28, 2013 at 08:55

        I’m just waiting for Steam’s family sharing. Amongst other things.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 28, 2013 at 08:58

          I don’t mind waiting. It gives me time to get a family. #foreverSP

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 08:59

            Get 100 pugs… Family!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:03

            No, that’s an infestation.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:07

            No that was my childhood dream! Robber comes in yard, they attack him like a bad Egyptian plague!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:12

            Hahaha.
            And lick him?

            If his feet are big enough he can just step on them.
            We can’t have another dog because our current dog has a tendency of attacking everything that’s not human, since she’s convinced she’s a human.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:13

            what kind of dog?

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:14

            A mix (of about 100 breeds), but I like to tell people she’s a dingo to see what they do.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:17

            I like dingos, the only dogs I cant stand (no offence to owners of these breeds) are pitbulls and bull terriers! They really shouldn’t be around… I say this as I have seen what they did to other dogs who did nothing to them. Also people I have known had these breeds and they treated them very well and out of nowhere attacked the owner… just don’t understand why so many people want these breeds.

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:21

            Yes. I’m a bit cautious around those myself. Been attacked by one, so not a big fan.
            But, of course, in my eyes my dog is the best…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:22

            Would love to see this dingo some time!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:26

            Have that Assassins Creed thing tonight. Should be interesting.
            Will bring photos tomorrow of me (the only guy in civies) between the dressed up assassins.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:50

            sweet dog man! Hope the event goes well.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 28, 2013 at 09:05

            I have one dog that’s about the size of 100 pugs. Does that count?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:07

            great dane?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 28, 2013 at 09:10

            He’s a Labrador / German Shepard cross. Although I’m pretty sure scaredy cat is also a big part of his genes.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:12

            Yeah he counts, I loved all the German Shepards had in my life…3. All been great and labs are naturally awesome dogs!

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 10:06

            Ahahaha. Win

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:04

            Haha. Most of the things I’m waiting for is via Steam. So waiting will be worth it.

    • Umar heartless

      October 28, 2013 at 08:55

      Pretty sad about PS 4 day one patch though.

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      • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

        October 28, 2013 at 08:56

        That’s the way they do everything these days. Sadly. “Here you go, buy this bottle of wine. Just come around later so that we can put the wine in it.”

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        • Umar heartless

          October 28, 2013 at 08:57

          It’s like buying an apple tart and you have to go back a day later to get the actual apples 🙁

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      • Brenz

        October 28, 2013 at 08:57

        Not everyone will be perfect all the time, little mistake on their part with that one, but they making up for the little mistakes in a big way.

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        • Umar heartless

          October 28, 2013 at 08:58

          Not saying anything bad about it but a lot of keys features are not available out of the box.Not a fan of day one patches. Quite kak

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          • Brenz

            October 28, 2013 at 08:59

            definitely, day one patches are a load of shit. Im just saying I can forgive that because of the other things they are giving us.

          • Umar heartless

            October 28, 2013 at 09:00

            FO SHO! got ma Sony DJ headphones yesterday, going all out Sony

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 28, 2013 at 08:58

        huh what patch!?!

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        • Umar heartless

          October 28, 2013 at 08:59

          PS 4 will need a day one patch for some it’s major features , Like Vita remote play and I think video sharing

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:00

            and how big will that be??

          • Umar heartless

            October 28, 2013 at 09:02

            307200 KB

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:06

            300 mbs not too bad..

          • Umar heartless

            October 28, 2013 at 09:08

            What wouldn’t be bad is a 0mb patch…sigh…what can one do these days about it all.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:10

            People have become lazy! They should include a dvd with the update inside every box! that would be a better route than forcing everyone to go online and get patch!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 28, 2013 at 09:15

            DVD costs money.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 09:18

            TOUGH SHIT! Sony owes us that! I mean what happened to the days of a DEMO disc in the box! I want that again!

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 10:05

            Honestly, I think Sony were rushed to get their units out to market, and the final production unit didn’t have all the finalised features on it as a result. a 300MB download isn’t so bad. If you buy Guild Wars 2 today in a box (retail) you’re in for a 6 or 7gb patch anyway. That’s heavy.

            I’ll take 300mb’s for a simple update. It really isn’t that bad is it?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 10:12

            no it isn’t that bad…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 28, 2013 at 09:02

            That’s really poor by Sony. If they’re major features why are they being added via download on the first day.

          • Umar heartless

            October 28, 2013 at 09:03

            Yup very hey, I’m extremely disapointed by this, especially after they got on that high horse with MS

      • Martin du preez

        October 28, 2013 at 09:33

        Luckily we’re getting the console later,so just download it to a disc/flash before hand and install on the 13th.

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        • Umar heartless

          October 28, 2013 at 09:37

          🙂 indeed, Hopefully will work the same as it did with current gen consoles

          Reply

  6. Stanley Watson

    October 28, 2013 at 15:03

    Not sure if I understand correctly, maybe I’m a dumb dumb:

    If you are one super duper PS4 friend, can’t you just share’ all your games with a friend, forever, if you wanted to? So he/she never need to pay? Because it allows 1 concurrent connection? Assuming you don’t mind your friend playing on your account and you don’t mind about ‘trophys’ (useless to me anyways).

    Wonder if that would still allow you to play multiplayer (not co-op) with said friend.

    If all of this is true…then this is HUGE!!

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