Sony Announces Share Play for PS4

Posted August 13th, 2014 at 1:00 pm


At Gamescom yesterday Sony announced some details on the PlayStation 4 v2.00 console update due out this fall. One new feature will be Share Play, which allows someone who owns a game to invite a friend to play along with them even if that friend doesn’t own the game.

The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Let’s say that with games… you’ll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light’s local co-op mode.

With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’re hanging upside down? Get a little help.

The ability to join a friend’s game without owning it was most recently mentioned at E3 in relation to Far Cry 4’s co-op and the intriguing possibilities it would open up for sports games as well as whether it was realistic for them was tackled in this article. In the video podcast below I’m joined by T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer) to talk about Share Play and what it could mean for sports games in the future.

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  • ohnolookoutbelow

    I think a reasonable expectation would be to adhere to what the game lists at the local co-op level; be it 2 to 4. However, I think it will initially be just one additional person.

  • MCJedi1

    Yeah, blah, blah,blah! The the only thing that will motivate me to shell $400.00 is to be able to play all my PS3 games

    • Chiryder

      …you could keep your $400.00 and play your PS3.

      • Jackson

        Or just keep both and then you can play your PS3 and PS4 gamess

      • Juukbox

        Works for me.

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  • LenInFlux

    Pretty cool idea.

  • Dre2778

    Finally they found a way to implement it in the system, can’t wait till the release of the new update. And who cares if I can’t play PS3 games on my PS4, I still have both my PS2 and PS3 connected and all three get play time.

  • agent916

    This to me is one of the coolest inventions brought to the video game industry.

  • The Great Leon

    Sony so innovative

  • SwagRat

    im bout to abuse dis feature m8!