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I was able to fool the PS3 into downloading game files from my computer instead of from the Playstation Network online.
The reason that was cool is it meant I could download the games onto my computer once, which keeps them local to me, and then when I needed to reinstall the hard drive on my playstation 3 i simply downloaded the games from my computer instead of PSN, which it could do blindingly fast because it was right next to it instead of across the internet.
Unfortunately the PS4 will only download games over SSL (probably to thwart people like me), and I don't have the certificate I'd need to fool it like I could with the PS3.
It's really too bad, because a utility like that would be useful enough to spend money on.
Host the download site on your desktop using IIS or whatever and get a cert free from let's encrypt. Disclaimer: My only experience is with let's encrypt for domain names...not sure how it would handle a local machine name. Good luck!
Sorry I wasn't more clear, but the PS4 expects a specific certificate from sony before it will complete the download. The end site has to be able to produce that specific cert. That hamstrings me, and I'm sure Sony did it that way on purpose.
That's The Sony Way(tm), and is no accident. Stop supporting them. I haven't bought a Sony product in decades (whether a console, TV, any sort of player, or even anything produced by Sony Pictures or whatever music label(s) they own).
I feel that way about Apple, and I haven't bought an Apple product - they screwed my parents over in 1986.
I also feel the same way about most of sony, but I respect their playstation group - or at least I did - PS3 was one of the best consoles/media-centers you could buy. It still is a great system. I'm kind of disappointed with the PS4.
Nah, not from an external disc, on an external disc.
I forget which one, but one of the recent updates brought with it the ability to install games onto USB storage. You dedicate the drive, format it and you're off and racing/figting/shooting whatever!
You can install them to the external, right? I don't know for sure how it all works, because I don't own a PS4, but this link suggests you can move installations between external/internal drive. PlayStation Support[^]
That might be a more recent feature. I'll check it out. I don't want to install on an external drive because I *think* PS4 only does USB2 so I'd be concerned about speed issues. Maybe it's not an issue though, I don't know.