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PlayStation 4 Share Play Limitations Clarified

by William Schwartz

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Earlier today PlayStation announced a release date for their highly anticipated Share Play feature on PlayStation 4. The Share Play limitations have been somewhat foggy, until now.

The Official PlayStation Blog has clarified the limitations of the impending Playstation 4 Share Play feature. Hosts will have to have PlayStation Plus to share their controller but if they just want to host a viewing session with a friend they will not. Both players will require a PlayStation Plus subscription if they wish to play multiplayer or co-op. Additionally a PlayStation representative confirmed via the comments section that each Share Play session will be limited to one hour. That is kind of sad, but on the upside players will be able to re-up again with the same exact player after the hour of Share Play times out. Full details below as announced by PlayStation.

  • Share Screen — Share your screen with a friend, allowing them to spectate. This is ideal for PS4 owners that want to watch their friends play a game and provide helpful tips. PlayStation Plus is not required to use this.
  • Hand over my controller — Pass your controller to a friend, virtually, and watch them play. Your friend does not need to own, or even download the game, in order to use this feature. This is perfect for introducing your friends to new games. The host will need to be a PlayStation Plus member, but the guest does not.
  • Hand over the second player controller — If a game supports local multiplayer, you can have your friend join as player two. Again, the visitor does not need to own, or download the game in order to use this feature. Both players will need PlayStation Plus to use this feature.

What do you think about the Share Play limitations? Good, bad, Fair? Share Play will be available once the update arrives on October 28th on PlayStation 4.

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