Remember that killer feature that the Xbox One had that was nixed at the same time as the daily check in? You know the online library that can be accessed from any console in the world?
Well Sony has revealed that it is also going to do that and it is planning on doing it better than Microsoft ever intended.
According to Neil Brown, the senior R&D team lead, you will be able to access your games and play them from your friends house. But it gets better as they are well aware that not everyone has 100mb Internet to download a full title quickly so they’ve implemented a new technology where the game will download in chunks and then you can begin playing long before the entire game has hit the drive.
“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.”
And this new technology isn’t limited to downloading, with it also being used to enhance the installation experience. Once the game has installed enough to start playing you can boot it up and it will continue its install in the background while you start gaming.
I’m fully confident that now that Microsoft is no longer tripping over themselves to try and put out fires they can sit back and realise that they can implement some of their best ideas without the always on requirement and will match Sony’s announcements.
Gamescom is going to be great this year.
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Last Updated: July 11, 2013