Games are expensive, and not everyone can afford to purchase multiple titles a year at $60 a pop. Since digital media is taking over, it's becoming rarer that we simply lend friends or family physical copies of our games, but if you're looking to share your digital library of games, there is a way to do so on PlayStation 4.
How to set up Gameshare on your PlayStation 4
- Log in to your account on the PlayStation 4 console that your friend or family member uses.
- Go to Settings.
- Select Account Management.
- Select Activate as Your Primary PS4.
- Select Activate.
Once this is done, your friend or family member can download any games from your library to their console. They can then access these on their own accounts, even if you are not logged in on their console at the time.
While gamesharing is a great method to help offset the costs of games, there are some warnings to be aware of. Should any major changes to your account need to be made, you'll have to restart the process. This also goes when you or your friend/family member buy a new console.
Though you can complete this process with an unlimited amount of people, only two people can be playing the same game simultaneously, meaning you can't share your library with several other friends and all hop into the same online game with each other.
Another big warning to remember is that should PlayStation Network suffer any downtimes or outages, the games you own digitally won't be available to you, but will instead be on the console that originally bought the game. It's an annoying thing to deal with when it happens, but thanks to PlayStation Network being reliable (most of the time), isn't something you have to worry about happening often.
Why bother Gamesharing?
Gamesharing is the easiest, most pain-free way to save money on new games. Not everyone can go out and spend hundreds of dollars on multiple games each fall. When you don't have a physical disc to loan out, this is the next best thing. Think of it like sharing your Netflix account.
Pick up these great PlayStation 4 accessories and gift cards
PlayStation Network Gift Card (From $10 at Amazon)
You can never go wrong with a PlayStation Network gift card. Whether you're looking to purchase a game, some DLC, or your favorite app you'll want to have some extra funds in your PSN wallet.
EasySMX VIP002S RGB Gaming Headset ($37 at Amazon)
Good headsets tend to get expensive, but the EasySMX VIP002S headset gives you the best of both worlds: affordability and quality. If you're looking for a cheap and comfortable headset, look no further.
HyperX ChargePlay Duo ($15 at Amazon)
Charge up your controllers without taking up that precious USB space on your console. The HyperX ChargePlay Duo can charge two at once in two hours through an AC adapter.
WD 2TB Elements External Hard Drive ($60 at Amazon)
If you're deleting a lot of games, you may be looking for more space on your PS4. The WD 2TB Elements External Hard Drive saves you from the hassle of choosing which to delete and re-download when you want to play by giving you tons of extra storage.
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Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.