Share Play Cometh (With Limitations)

Does anyone still remember the announcement way back in the beginning of PlayStation 4 talk about Share Play? The function that would allow you to share your games with your friends all over the world. To play your games with them, even if they don’t own them? This function is finally coming with Firmware 2.0, which was announced at Gamescom. However, it will have some limitations (as should be expected).

If you don’t know how Share Play works, it will allow you to literally share your games with your friends. You’ll be able to play with them cooperatively (or let them go solo) even if they don’t have PlayStation Plus and competitively if they do. That certainly sounds awesome, but all awesome things have some draw back right?

When it comes to PlayStation Share Play, French site Gameblog got a chance to pick Jim Ryan’s (Sony Europe President and CEO) brain about the coming feature. He informed them that sessions of Share Play will last an hour, though Gamespot added onto this and reported that the amount of hostable sessions is unlimited.

My Opinion:

This is a very “First World Problem” kind of situation. “Oh, I can only play the game my friend has for free from across the ocean for an hour? Boo hoo hoo.” The concept of Share Play is amazing, and even if there were some kind of cooldown between hosting with one person, or a certain number in a day, you’re still sharing games for free. That’s amazing. I’m thinking this session idea is just to keep people from leaving their console on with their friend playing through one of their games. It just makes it so that someone has to be manning the helm from the hosting console, and that’s not so bad. We’ve just got to wait and see how they implement this hour long session rule.


Myles K Farrington is one of the MONG Senior Editors sailing the seven internet seas to find all the news you’re jonesin’ for. Keep up with him over on IGN, Twitch, and Twitter as well! Yarr, son!

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