Caring: Sony Details PS4 Game Sharing

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Yes, sharing disc-based games on the PlayStation 4 is still just as complicated as the step-by-step Sony demonstrated at E3 in June (see the above video and be prepared to take copious notes). But what about digital games?

Over the weekend, Sony published the official PS4 specs and features along with a FAQ that finally details how sharing games purchased in the PlayStation Store will work.

First, Sony says we’ll have to designate a PS4 as our “primary” system. Doing so will enable anyone using the PS4 to access PlayStation Store-purchased games without the need for log-in. Sony notes these additional users will also have access to some PlayStation Plus membership benefits in multiplayer, no log-in required.

After designating a primary PS4, we’ll be able to log-in and use another PS4 concurrently. So if you’re on the road or at a friend’s place, your digital library can be downloaded and played after PSN log-in, even if your kid brother is at home using your primary PS4 and playing the same game. Sony notes only two systems, your primary and one other, can be used concurrently, and if you want to designate a new PS4 as your primary, you must first deactivate your original primary system.

Pretty straight forward. We can all start sharing when the PlayStation 4 launches on November 15.

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2 Comments on Caring: Sony Details PS4 Game Sharing


On October 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

So the new consoles use PC hardware but have more hoops to jump through than a PC, are limited by rubbish controllers and still aren’t on par with last year’s gaming rigs, let alone the ones you can get right now. Why should I buy one of these again..?


On October 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

more hoops to jump through? Where can you legally share your pc game while playing it at the same time?