PS4 Share Play Sessions Will Be Limited to 60 Minutes

The PlayStaton 4’s Share play feature will be limit users to 60 minutes of play.

Sony confirmed this restriction today in statements to the press, while also affirming that while play time would be limited there would be no restrictions placed on the number of times it could be used in a given day. What this could conceivably mean, of course, is that you’d just need to restart Share Play once every hour to keep gaming.

While this is definitely an inconvenience, it’s not hard to see why the company would implement such a restriction. Share Play, of course, gives PS4 owners the ability to play with each other remotely even if only one player actually owns it. In other word, if they let users play persistently without any rules they could give gamers everything they need to just buy a single copy of a game with friends and then just Share Play to pass it around.

Speaking about the feature in an interview, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida also offered further details about how it will work.

“How it works is, for example, say, a friend has a game that I don’t. I ask them to let me play it, and if they send me an invitation, I can access their PS4 and play while watching the video that is streamed.”

Yoshida also went on to confirm that Share Play will work with every PS4 title and will tie game saves to the account of the person playing it, making it easier for them to pick up where they left off if they decide to go ahead and buy the game later. Share Play itself will be made available this fall in the v2.00 firmware update.

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