Share Screen and Share Play on PS5 consoles

How to use Share Screen and Share Play on PS5 consoles

Pass the controls of your PlayStation®5 console and let someone try one of your games, or play the game together, even if you're not on the same console.

Use Share Screen to let other players in a party watch your gameplay in real time, as if you're all in the same room.

With Share Play, your game screen appears on another player's screen. Both of you can enjoy the same game, regardless of who owns it. 

To start Share Play, you need to be a PlayStation®Plus member.

How to start Share Screen on a PS5™ console

You can start Share Screen once you're in a party.

  1. Press the PS button to access the control center, and then select the party voice chat card. 
  2. Select Start Share Screen to start sharing your game screen.
  3. When you’ve finished sharing, select Stop Share Screen from the party voice chat card. 
  • Only your game screen and audio is shared. Other screens and non-game app screens won't be visible to your viewers. Depending on the game, some scenes may not appear to your viewers.
  • If you want to share your screen with a PS4™ console player, you can do so by using Share Play

How to watch another player’s screen on PS5 consoles

You receive a notification when a player in your party starts Share Screen. 

  1. Press the PS button on your controller to go to the control center and select Notifications.
  2. Open the Share Screen notification to start watching.
  • The Share Screen card appears in the control center when someone in your party starts Share Screen. When you select the card for the first time, you'll start watching the gameplay of the most recent player to share.
  • When a player in a joinable party is sharing their screen, the ON AIR icon appears on the party. 

How to start Share Play on a PS5 console

You can start Share Play once you're in a party. 

  1. Press the PS button to go to the control center, and select the party voice chat card.
  2. Select Start Share Play.
  3. Invite a player, and then select the play mode.
    Share Play starts when the player joins.
  • To change the play mode or stop Share Play, go to the control center, select the party voice chat card, and then select Share Play Options.
  • You can use Share Play with only one visitor at a time.
  •  If the invited player isn’t a PlayStation Plus member, Play with the Visitor can't be selected.

Choose a Share Play mode

When you start Share Play, you're the host and the player who joins is the visitor.

Choose one of the two following play modes:

Visitor Plays as You
Need a hand? Give the visitor control over your game. As the host, you need to be a PlayStation Plus member.

Play a game with the Visitor
Play a game together as host and visitor using local multiplayer. Both the host and the visitor need to be PlayStation Plus members.

  • When you invite a PS4 console player to Share Play, Share Your Screen with Visitor appears as one of the play modes. This lets you share your screen with a PS4 console player. 

  • A Share Play session lasts for one hour and automatically ends one hour after the visitor joins.

  • When you're the host, only you can earn trophies during Share Play.

  • Only your game screen and audio are shared. Other screens and non-game app screens won't be visible to the visitor. Depending on the game, Share Play may not be available, or some scenes may not appear to the visitor.

How to join Share Play on a PS5 console

  1. When a player invites you to Share Play, open the notification and select Join.
    You can also press the PS button go to the control center, select the party voice chat card, select the host, and then select Join Share Play.
  2. The host's game screen appears on your screen. You start the play mode chosen by the host.
  3. When it's time to leave, select Leave Share Play Session from the party voice chat card.

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