How To Play With Friends Using PS4 Share Play

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This time of the year may be one of the most crucial in the gaming community since new games have been introduced all over with some of the most anticipated titles expected to launch in September and in the next months to come. And with many of them making an emphasis on how they wish to improve the experience in the multiplayer modes, it’s quite certain that you will want to play with online friends that so happen to be far away.

Well, say no more as PlayStation 4 has the feature perfect for you, SharePlay, that basically creates a ‘virtual sofa’ to play games with anyone online that gets to own a similar console.

By just pressing the Share button, you can actually let them watch you play that new game that you’ve been waiting for or even hand over control so they may get in on the action as well.

So if you want to both play as if you are in the same room, this is how you do it:

To Start

Both you and your friend will first need a premium subscription with PlayStation Plus. This is since the subscription is required for basically all your online multiplayer games and Share Play is, in a way, turning any game you share into an online multiplayer game.

Other than that, you will both need to have at least a minimum up and downstream speed of 2Mbps, which is recommended but 5Mbps will give you the best performance.

Hosting Share Play

  1. Launch the game you want to share and return to the menus
  2. Navigate to the party menu; it looks like a little headset
  3. Find the friend you want to Share Play with, select their name and create a party
  4. Once the party is formed, Click on Share Play
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Start
  6. Click on OK to start the connection speed test
  7. When the results pop up, press OK to proceed.
PS4 Share Play

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How To Share Control

  1. Once you are hosting Share Play, return to the party menu
  2. Click on Share Play
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Give Controller to Visitor
  4. Choose between, Allow the Visitor to Play as You and Play Game Together
PS4 Share Play

Image: Android Central


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This feature is set to only work for two players at a time. And even though only the host needs to own the game, it has to be available to both players’ countries, which might restrict players in countries where certain games are played.

Moreover, one of the most annoying limitations that Share Play has is that it only lasts 60 minutes.  Luckily, the number of times you can Share Play is unlimited, so you can re-invite your friend after the hour is up as many times as you’d like. Other than that, share your games, have fun, and play away!

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