PS4 digital purchases work on 'any PS4' so long as you're signed in

Currently, buying a digital PS3 game on PlayStation Network lets you access it on up to two activated systems. However, digital PS4 games can be accessed on any PS4, so long as you're signed in.

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Currently, buying a digital PS3 game on PlayStation Network lets you access it on up to two activated systems. However, digital PS4 games can be played on any PS4, so long as you're signed in.

A new video from PlayStation explains that any content associated with your PlayStation Network ID will be accessible from any PS4 you log into. "You can access your games and other purchases from these machines so long as you're signed in," the video explains. "Access ends if you sign out."

Of course, if you don't want to be online all the time to access content, you'll be "nominate one PS4 as your home machine." By doing so, "your content is always available on that device, even to other users." Even games downloaded via PlayStation Plus will be accessible to other users on that device.

To sum up, PS4's digital policy is both more and less restrictive than Sony's established system. You can have more "home" machines on PS3 and Vita, but with PS4, you're not restricted to playing your games only on activated systems.

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    July 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PS4 digital purchases work on 'any PS4' so long as you're signed in.

    Currently, buying a digital PS3 game on PlayStation Network lets you access it on up to two activated systems. However, digital PS4 games can be accessed on any PS4, so long as you're signed in.

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      July 12, 2013 10:34 AM

      Even alot of Gaf got it wrong so let me state this is NOT the former xbone FAMILY SHARE PLAN. its actually identical to what 360 does already. Where content is associated to your account.

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        July 12, 2013 10:38 AM

        Correct. It's this plus you can set your "home" PS4 machine so you don't have to be signed in to access any of the content. And, of course, if you have the physical disk you can take that anywhere with you.

        So, in Summary:

        Discs: take anywhere
        Digital/Installed content: Can access online or off on your designated home PS4(which you can change if ou buy a new one, etc). And can access as long as you are signed in on any other PS4.

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          July 12, 2013 11:03 AM

          I actually didn't expect to able to run installed disc games on a home machine, so that's pretty cool.

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        July 12, 2013 3:15 PM

        Except that, on 360, once you access digital games or DLC on another 360 than the one it was purchased on, you MUST be signed in to access it from that point on...even if you go back to your original console, that content can only be accessed if you are online...in otherwords, MS treats you like a thief if you move content onto a console that it isn't originally licensed to.

        If you go into your account and reassign the licenses to a single console, then everything goes back to normal and you can access your content online and off again on the newly assigned console. But you can only do this every 4 months or so.

        The difference I see with Sony's method is that you actually get to assign a console as your default home console from the beginning, and you'll always be able to access and share your content on that console, online or off, regardless of how many other consoles you've accessed the content on. If it allowed you to assign TWO home consoles, like you can with the PS3, it would be perfect for me....right now it's fair, but sort of meh...only a tad better than Microsoft's DRM policy.

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          July 12, 2013 3:46 PM

          "Except that, on 360, once you access digital games or DLC on another 360 than the one it was purchased on, you MUST be signed in to access it from that point on...even if you go back to your original console, that content can only be accessed if you are online"

          Nope.

          Once you download something on Xbox, that content is available to anyone who uses that console, offline, online, anyone's account, it doesn't matter. This doesn't change even if you access that content on another 360. I've been doing this for years with our two 360s at home and even my mate's 360.

          I regularly download something on my 360 and then play it on my wife's 360 and then later on I can play it on my 360 while offline. In fact, I can play something I've bought on another 360 while other accounts on my 360 play the same content.

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      July 12, 2013 10:35 AM

      How else would it work? Anything else would be seriously fucked up.

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        July 12, 2013 10:39 AM

        I'm guessing they sent out this news blurb to make sure people understand they are doing it in the way that makes sense and *not* doing it like Nintendo does which ties it to hardware only, not your account.

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        July 12, 2013 10:40 AM

        Well, it's different than on PS3/PSP/Vita. On those devices, you had a limit to how many systems you could download licenses on. On PS4, you can only have one "home" device, but then use your content on as many devices as you'd like. So it's both more and less restrictive.

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          July 12, 2013 10:52 AM

          To be fair, the way they did it before was pretty ridiculously open to exploitation, so it's not surprising they didn't keep it around.

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          July 12, 2013 11:08 AM

          That makes sense, thank you.

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          July 12, 2013 3:22 PM

          Agreed. Hopefully in a couple of years when the PS4 has a large install base Sony will expand the limit on Home consoles to "two", to more closely resemble the system they have now.

          I'm a little puzzled as to what the big deal is about being able to log in and play one of my games at a friend's house if he or she can't join in and play with me. Would they be able to play under their own account, or would they essentially have to play with me as my "guest" in a multiplayer game?

          That also brings up a question that neither this article or that fairly detailed video revealed...can two profiles be signed in on the PS4 at the same time, like on the Xbox 360, so that friends playing local multiplayer games can earn experience and trophies on their own individual profiles? Right now it's looking like the answer is no, just like on PS3.

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        July 12, 2013 11:11 AM

        Well, the way it currently works on PS3 would be one way.

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      July 12, 2013 10:51 AM

      Wake me when Nintendo does the same thing.

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      July 12, 2013 3:59 PM

      So, this is basically one of the features the xbone was supposed to have right? Just without the sharing element?