Learn about Share Play and how to use it.
You can use Share Play to play with a friend as if you were in the same room. It allows you to invite a visitor to view your screen for up to 60 minutes a session. If you are stuck in a game or want the visitor to try a game, Share Play allows you to hand over your controller to a visitor so they can play instead. You can also invite your visitor to play a local multiplayer session over the Internet even if the game does not support online multiplayer. The visitor does not need to own the game to use Share Play.
To start Share Play:
The visitor will receive an invitation and have the option to join the session. Once they accept, their PlayStation 4 system will connect with yours via the Internet and the Share Play session will automatically start.
Once the connection has been established, a 60 minute timer will start the counting down, after which you need to restart your session.
Each Share Play session is limited to 60 minutes, but you can re-start your session with the same friend, from the same point in your game as soon as the 60-minute timer has run down – and you can do this as many times as you like. The visitor can now watch the Host’s gameplay.
To get the best experience from Share Play, both you and your friend will need a high speed internet connection. The conditions surrounding the home network of each player may also impact internet connectivity. As a guide a minimum connection speed of at least a 2Mbps is recommended. To check your upload speed, please check with your network service provider.
You can play a game together or against each other. Depending on the title you might need to choose the controls in the games menu just as you were playing next to each other with two controllers.
If you’d like to use 1080p (30fps) for Share Play, your broadband will need to be at least 15Mbps whether broadcasting or receiving.
You can use your PS4 Pro to broadcast Share Play in up to 1080p (30fps) depending on bandwidth availability. This is limited to 720p on standard PS4 systems.
You can receive Share Play broadcasts on a PS4 Pro or standard PS4 system in up to 1080p (30fps) depending on bandwidth availability.
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