The PlayStation console had a notorious sharing option for households with multiple users and multiple consoles. My wife and I both play games on a regular basis, each using its own console, but the hoops that jumped to share the game library on the PS4 were at best sparse.
To share the library on the PS4, the player had to configure its console as the “primary PS4”. This allows all other users on that particular console to access the game’s complete library without logging in to that user account. To have full access to each other’s game libraries, we had to configure each other’s PS4 as the “primary” console (her PS4 was my primary and mine was her). When I logged in to my profile, I was able to access my game through my login and access other people’s games through my “primary” settings.
The problem with this was another feature that enabled “primary” for the PS4. Automatic updates and remote downloads were associated with this setting. Remote Play was associated with a “primary” account. This meant that for games I didn’t play on both (see Destiny 2), I had to start the update manually. Also, if the internet goes down or fails, the console is not the “primary” system, which can lead to license verification issues and effectively lock out of the game.
How does PS5 console sharing work?
Sony’s PS5 offers a new option for console sharing entitled “Console Sharing and Offline Play”. At first glance, this seems to work the same as the “Primary PS4” setting, but there are some other benefits to renaming. When you enable PS5 console sharing and offline play, only games and media (and subscription benefits) are shared, and features such as auto-renewal, remote download, and remote play are no longer associated with your settings. .. Now when you remotely download / play remotely from the app or the Web PlayStation Store, you will be asked for a PS5 to download the game. (It is recommended to change each PS5 name in the system settings from “PS5-XXX” to a unique name so that the PS5 to be remoted can be easily identified.)
This is a major change, and the name is PS5 Console Sharing because you can share your game library without feeling unplayed or enjoying all the benefits of a “primary” system that you are always playing. And will be changed to offline. play. One issue here is the “offline play” bit. This can cause license validation issues for your own libraries on the main system if the internet is disconnected or there is a problem with your PSN network. We haven’t done extensive testing on how this works when the WiFi router is off and the console isn’t connected to the internet. Ideally, this is rarely a problem, but it’s worth noting.
How to set up PS5 game sharing
In practice, the setup for console sharing with two PS5s and two users looks like this:
- User A logs in to PS5A
- User B logs in to PS5A and enables “Console Sharing and Offline Play”
- User B logs in to PS5B
- User A logs in to PS5B and enables “Console Sharing and Offline Play”
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Basically what you are doing is to enable “console sharing and offline play” on the PS5, which is the opposite of what each user primarily uses. This allows you to have full access to other users’game libraries thanks to the settings, log in to your PSN and have full access to your game library, and both users will have full game library sharing. It is allowed. This works not only for PS5 games, but for all backwards compatible PS4 games.
How can Sony improve PS5 console sharing?
PS5 console sharing and offline play are major improvements to game sharing over the primary PS4 settings, but sharing libraries with family members or in the same home can also be improved. To get inspiration from the Google Play Store, Google allows users to set another user as a family member through a “family library” that shares purchased apps among family group members.
Google has some restrictions on this “Family Library” setting to prevent users from misusing it to share their apps freely. Instead of binding your PS5 game share to a specific console, you can connect your PSN account in a kind of way. Family group. Or, if Sony wants to tie it to the console itself, use local WiFi (or a direct connection to a second PS5) to make sure the console and account are part of the same house, and the user’s Allows you to share the library. In such a grouped family or home.
Of course, no matter what Sony handles or even family groups, some consistent online connection (or at least online “check-in”) is required to check the status of the license and prevent system abuse Is required. This may be a major reason why the company has adopted the solutions currently in place.
Still, PS5 console sharing and offline play is a big improvement for sharing games on the PS5 over the way PS4 handles the “primary console” settings. Did you find it easier for consoles to share multiple PS5s with other users in this generation? Tell us about your PS5 console sharing experience (or horror story about PS4) in the comments below.