If you weren’t aware, the biggest gaming convention in the world, Gamescom, is currently underway in Cologne, Germany. Earlier today were the press conferences for both Microsoft and Sony, who announced a whole slew of new hardware, software and updates that are coming for their next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and PS4. Sony’s conference came after Microsoft’s, and their announcements for the PS4 detailed the changes that are incoming for system version 2.0, including PS4 SharePlay.
The premise of SharePlay will allow you to share your gaming experience with your friends, even if they don’t own the game. Sony elaborates in their blog post:
“The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Let’s say that with games… you’ll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light’s local co-op mode.
With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’re hanging upside down? Get a little help.”
SharePlay is targeting a fall update, and will also include broadcast capabilities for you to upload clips to YouTube. What do you think about PS4 SharePlay; is it something you’re looking forward to using? Let us know your thoughts.