PlayStation 4’s Share Play feature explained in latest video

As you may know, the PlayStation 4’s upcoming massive 2.0 update – called Masamune – will introduce (among many others) the Share Play feature, which basically lets you experience other people’s games from the comfort of your couch, via the PlayStation Network. To further explain it, Sony has put together a new video to show you its ropes. “As we’ve said before, the best way to think about Share Play is like a ‘virtual couch,'” reads the official PlayStation blog. “PS4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game for up to one hour at a time – even when they don’t own a copy of it.”

The Share Play feature has three main functions:

  • Share Screen – Share your screen with a friend, allowing them to spectate. This is ideal for PS4 owners that want to watch their friends play a game and provide helpful tips. PlayStation Plus is not required to use this.
  • Hand over my controller – Pass your controller to a friend, virtually, and watch them play. Your friend does not need to own, or even download the game, in order to use this feature. This is perfect for introducing your friends to new games. The host will need to be a PlayStation Plus member, but the guest does not.
  • Hand over another controller – If a game supports local multiplayer, you can have your friend join as player two. Again, the visitor does not need to own, or download the game in order to use this feature. Both players will need PlayStation Plus to use this feature.

Yesterday, Sony had officially announced Masamune’s release date, which is October 28th. When it launches, the PS4’s latest update will bring features like being able to play music from a USB stick, changing the background of your home-screen, in addition to enhanced voice-commands and a few more features which you can check out [here].