How to game share on PS4? Sharing games used to be a lot easier in the old days, where you could simply lend a disc or cartridge to a friend. Digital downloads have changed all that. PlayStation 4 provides the ability to share games with your friends and family, provided they have a PlayStation Network (PSN) account and a PlayStation Plus membership.
In a nutshell, you can authorize a friend’s PS4 as your primary console and use that function to share some of the most popular PS4 games with them. Two people can play these shared games at the same time without losing access to them. Obviously, you will have to hand over control of your games to your friend by setting their console as your primary. This could be a test of your friendship with them.
You can also share games with PS4 players if you have a PS5. A reliable internet connection is required. However, it’s a neat feature, and a good reason to keep your PS4 or PS4 Pro.
How to game share on PS4
- Connect to your PlayStation Plus account on your friend’s PlayStation 4.
- Now that you’re logged in, go to the console’s Settings.
- You’ll see an option called Account Management under Settings. Choose that.
- You’ll find a choice a few items down called Activate as Your Primary PS4 under Account Management. That’s the one we want, so we’ll work with that.
- Sony then wants to make sure that you actually want to do it and asks you to choose “Activate.” If you’re ready to share your games with your friends, choose Activate.
As soon as you choose Activate, the process is complete and your friend’s console will now have access to your PS4 game library. They can then download and play your games.
As long as you don’t have any other consoles set up for a game share, you can still use your personal console to play your games. However, if you try to share your game across three or more devices, your account may be suspended.
Likewise, you’ll need to follow the steps above on your personal console if you wish to regain control over your games and digital library.
You should now be able to play all of the games in your library on your friend’s console. It’s still necessary to download the titles onto the PS4 hard drive, but you won’t have to sign in again on your friend’s PlayStation. Your friend or family member should complete steps 1 through 4 on your PS4 if you are exchanging access to your digital game library.
Warnings and Precautions
Whenever you want to make serious changes to your PSN account or settings (for instance, upgrading to a PS4 Pro), you’ll have to restart the entire process. It is also important to ensure the person you shared your account with terminates the device as your primary system. You won’t be able to set up your PS4 console correctly for game sharing if you don’t. Because of this and the incredibly private nature of account sharing, we highly recommend only sharing gaming accounts with family members and close friends. You can redo the above steps and set up game sharing again once your new console is updated and ready to go.
Using the handy PlayStation account management tool, you can also deactivate a console remotely. It is available in your browser and can be used in any unexpected situation. However, you are only allowed to do this once every six months. In addition, any other PS4 user sharing your account will not have access to your game library if you do not have access to your primary console. In addition, if your internet slows down for a few hours or so, you won’t be able to play PlayStation Plus titles.
You can share your account with as many people as you want. However, there is a catch. This process (which allows you to play the same game on two consoles simultaneously) can only be completed with one person. You should not try to play a game with three other people, as your primary account may be flagged or immediately blocked. Keep a close eye on who has access to your game and library sharing habits.
Q: Did PlayStation stop game sharing?
A: As of now, game sharing is still allowed on Playstation consoles. However, since the release of the PS4, they have reduced the number of Playstations that can share a game from five consoles down to two.
Q: Is PlayStation game sharing illegal?
A: Do not worry, game sharing is not illegal and you cannot be banned. When your system can legally access a game it is “activated” for that game. You don’t have to be logged into the PlayStation Network to play a downloaded game on your primary PS4. However, you do if you want to play that game on another system.
Q: Is it possible to play my PS4 games on another PS4?
A: You can play any game you bought on the PS Store on another PS4 that isn’t your primary console. However, you’ll have to sign in to PSN. Sony has reiterated that. You can share disc games with your friends and play used disc games on your PS4 system. This is just like you can on a PlayStation 3 system.
Q: Is it possible to play downloaded PS4 games on another PS4?
A: Yes, you can. The account that bought the game must set the second PS4 as its ‘primary’ PS4 in order to accomplish this. (Settings -> PSN -> Activate as Your Primary PS4) Anyone with access to your main account can play games that were downloaded to the second PS4.