How to gameshare between two PlayStation 4 consoles with Sony's 'Share Play' feature

Photocritical/ShutterstockTo gameshare on your PlayStation 4, you’ll need to switch your primary console.

  • You can gameshare on your PS4 to let a friend on a different PS4 console play a game in your game library, even if they don’t own it.
  • Gamesharing, known as “Share Play” for PlayStation consoles, is a convenient way to play a game with another person even if only one of you owns the game.
  • To enable gameshare on your PS4, you need to sign into the other person’s console, and change your account settings to set that console as your primary PS4.
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Want to share your games with friends or family members on a different PlayStation 4, perhaps so you can play the same game together? Sony allows that – with some minor limitations.

Usually called gamesharing (though Sony actually refers to this feature as Share Play), you can let other people download and play games you’ve purchased, even if they don’t own it. Think of it like lending a disc – only there’s no need to actually exchange physical media.

In order to play a game together, both you and your friend need a PlayStationPlus subscription, but neither of you need a subscription to play the game separately.

In addition, while you can share your games with any number of other people on different PS4 consoles, only two people can play a game at one time.

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How to gameshare on PS4

1. On the console that you want to share games with, log in with your PlayStation account.

2. Select “Settings.”

3. Select “Account Management.”

Gameshare 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderStart Settings and then go to Account Management to start gamesharing.

4. Select “Activate as Your Primary PS4.”

Gameshare 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderChoose ‘Activate as Your Primary PS4’ to allow users on this console to play your games.

5. Confirm this choice by selecting “Activate.”

Gameshare 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderBe sure to choose ‘Activate’ to finish the setup process.

That’s it – now, your friend will see all your games in their library, and can download and play them.

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