Although the PlayStation 5 (PS5) has been available for purchase for a few months now, many enthusiastic gamers are still scrambling to get a console.

One of the reasons the PS5 is so popular is its money saving features. Backward compatibility means that we can play many old games from previous generations of PlayStation consoles on the new console.

PS5 users can update some PS4 games for free, allowing them to enjoy the games in 4K resolution.

The first major PS5 update was released in April 2021, which included an exciting new PlayStation feature called Cross-Generation Games. PS4 users can now try out their friends’ PS5 games through virtual screen sharing.

How Does Cross-Generation Share Play Work?

To enjoy the benefits of shared games, you must own a PS4 and a friend or family member who owns a PS5. You need a good internet connection, and the recommended upload speed is at least 2 Mbps.

Players must be friends with the owner of PS5, and vice versa, on PlayStation Network. PS4 users should ensure that they are running system software version 2.0 or higher and should be online at the same time as their friends.

PS5 owners can host 60 minutes of shared games in each session, and can start a new session at the end of the previous session.

Additional Requirements

  • To start Share Play, you must be a PlayStation Plus member.
  • The game you want to play on the PS5 must be available on the visitor’s PlayStation Store.
  • Parental control levels must match the game being played.
  • The visitor’s age must be equal to or higher than the game’s age rating.

Share Play Modes

When you start sharing a game, there are two game modes available. When you start sharing a game, you are the host and the friends who join you are visitors.

  1. Visitor Plays as You: You can give your visitor control over your game if you need a helping hand.
  2. Play a game with the Visitor: They can use local multiplayer games to play games together, but both the host and guests must subscribe to PlayStation Plus.

What Information Can You Share?

When Share Play is active, you can only share the game screen and audio. You cannot share any other screens on your console, and your friends will not be able to see the screens of non-gaming applications.

Some games are not compatible with shared play, and some game functions or scenes may not be available.

How to Use Cross-Generation Share Play

You can initiate a cross-generation Share Play session with a PS4 or PS5. Here’s how to start a Share Play session.

Press the PS button then select Game Base and select Create Party from the Parties tab.

How to Use the Cross-Generation Share Play Feature on PS5

Choose the players you want to be in your party chat.

How to Use the Cross-Generation Share Play Feature on PS5

Navigate back to the control centre and select the party voice chat card.

How to Use the Cross-Generation Share Play Feature on PS5

Select Start Share Screen.

Select Start Share Play and choose a player in the voice chat. Invite the player and select the play mode.

How to Join Share Play

When you invite players to join a shared game session, they can join as a guest by opening the notification.

If you have created a group, players can go to the control center to select the group’s voice chat card. Here you can choose to join as a guest.

How to Share Screen on a PS5

You can allow friends or family to watch your game screen via the Screen Share feature.

  1. Go to the control centre.
  2. Select the party voice chat card.
  3. Select Start Share Screen.
  4. Select Stop Share Screen in the party voice chat to end the session.

Now You Know How to Use Share Play on PS5

If you haven’t used PS5 yet, Share Play is a great way to try some of the latest PS5 games through your lucky friend, who managed to get one.

As long as one person in your circle of friends has a PS5, other PS4 players can still enjoy the benefits through Share Play.

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