PS4 And Xbox One Need A Serious Digital Downloading Overhaul

A few years ago, it seemed like a very real possibility that Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One would indeed do what most gamers feared, and ditch physical discs for purely digital download-based consoles.

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1533d ago (Edited 1533d ago )

There's one very large and important difference between the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to downloading digital games;
Digital games on the PlayStation 4 are playable within a few minutes of the initial download.

PlayStation 4 PlayGo

"PlayGo (by using a secondary custom chip) allows immediate start of supported games, with only the need of the first chunk of game data. The following chunks are downloaded/installed independant of the mainprocessor and relinked/copied when complete. Order of chunks can be rearranged as game progresses (e.g. user takes a different road in game, thus requiring different maps/data). There seem to be a maximum of 100 chunks, with no limit of size.
If users prefer to play their game directly from disc, PS4 will install data to the hard drive during play. Similarly, system updates are downloaded seamlessly in the background without interruption.
PS4 also features technology that attempts to determine trends, including titles a gamer is likely to express interest in next, and then automatically download a small percentage of those games in the background, even in sleep mode."

While Xbox One games that are 10GB and up take 30 minutes or more to be ready to play, most titles on the PlayStation 4 will be ready to play as soon as the game screen loads up on the XMB.

Deep Down will be ready to play before you finish popping popcorn in the microwave

Greatness Awaits

denawayne1533d ago

Greatness>30 minutes=/s

IrishSt0ner1533d ago (Edited 1533d ago )

Smh Xbox does the exact same thing.

Phil Spencer mentioned this in a recent podcast, they tested multiplatform titles and found that the point where you could start a title was virtually the same as their competitor, going on to say disc install times are being worked on (due to large advantage PS4 has there)

So have fun with your delusion.

Pablo184741533d ago

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen you and people like you are the reason I don't own a ps4 yet which is such a shame as I would like to own one but then I read the crap you spout and really don't want to be affiliated with anything you or people like you are affiliated with. Such a shame.

Jaqen_Hghar1532d ago

You do realize PS4 has many more people than N4G right? A man has met many friends on PS4 that would never dream of arguing about anything because they just wanna play the games lol. Don't be dissuaded by this site from owning a great product with great single player games and multiplayer chaps

MysticStrummer1533d ago

I don't know about his XB1 points, but some of the things he says about PS4 are incorrect. You don't have to "dig through your hard drive" to see the percentage downloaded or the download speed. That information isn't hard to get at all. If you're going to write a tech article at least try to be accurate.