Before you get too excited, we should point out that in order to host a Share Play session you will need to be a PlayStation Plus member, however the person you invite may not need to be, depending on what it is you want them to do within your session. If you simply want them to see the session as you see it, or if you want to virtually “hand” them the controller, a PlayStation Plus membership will not be required. Just a couple of button presses and your friend can take control of your game.
The other big feature of Share Play is the ability to invite your friends to play local co-op, for games that have such a feature. No longer will you have to be on the same couch in order to play couch co-op with your friends! This feature does require all people who want to play it to have Playstation Plus, but you will now be able to play with your friend even if they don’t own the game.
One slight caveat to Share Play is that all sessions are capped at one hour, but you can just launch a new session immediately and carry on where you left off.
Sony released a YouTube video showing exactly how Share Play works and you can see this below:
This is a great move by Sony and I can’t wait to try Share Play out. I really like the idea of being able to play a game I don’t yet own – it’s the perfect way to try before you buy. I also grew up playing couch co-op, so any feature that encourages local co-op gets my approval.