Sony has shed some light on how it’s upcoming SharePlay will work, a feature that lets you remotely play a friend’s PS4 game even if you don’t own a copy.
“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,” said Yoshida. “You could call it a mini PlayStation Now.”
In the interview Yoshida insists that any game which is played with a DualShock 4 (i.e not a Play Room game) will be compatible with SharePlay. “There is no need for developers to do anything for their games to be compatible with SharePlay,” said Yoshida.
Players will also be able to save game data to their own account. So, for example, if you make it half way through a game via SharePlay before deciding to buy your own copy, you can pick up where you left off on your own console.
Due to its streaming nature, SharePlay means you wouldn’t be able to use your PS4 for something else while a friend is playing a game on it – you’re essentially handing them control of your system. So make sure it’s someone you trust!
SharePlay is coming with the 2.0 system update due for PS4 later this year.