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PS4 Share Play has to have "sensible limitations", says Sony

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PS4 Share Play has to have "sensible limitations", according to Sony, although those haven't yet been set in stone.

Speaking to TrustedReviews, Fergal Gara, VP and MD UK & Ireland at Sony Computer Entertainment stated that it was inevitable Share Play would have some limitations on use.

"Any feature like [Share Play] clearly would be madness if it was totally open ended. So while I see it as a very strong 'For the Player' policy – and very, very strong for the discovery of new games – clearly it wouldn’t be good for us and it wouldn’t be good for publishers or the industry if it’s “buy one and hundreds get to use it”. There has to be some sort of common sense boundary on it", said Gara.

Currently it's looking like there will be a one hour limit on all Share Play sessions, but those sessions can be restarted indefinitely. However, Sony hasn't yet concreted those rules and they could change ahead of the PS4 Software Update 2.0 later this autumn.

"So whether those rules are hard fixed right now or whether we watch and learn and start with a draft set of guidelines and restrictions and maybe evolve them a little bit. I’m not totally on top of that, but I think you can expect that there has to be some kind of sensible limitation – otherwise we wouldn’t be here."

The idea is to let gamers experience titles that they've not purchased yet in a healthy way with co-op, or allow gamers to aid each other in their struggles with the pass the controller feature.

"Viewed positively, it’s very much a hit feature focused on the gamer. Giving them great flexibility for people who maybe haven’t bought a specific game a great opportunity to try it. Some of those will maybe go on to buy that game. Obviously there’s a promotional effect in there built-in, like a recommendation. But clearly we can’t allow that to cancel out any negative influences on missed purchases."

As for availability, Gara also confirmed that PS4 Share Play is most likely going to be offered on the "vast majority of titles", but there may be some developer discretion attached to that.

"The feature is there, ready and available for all titles. So there may be a publisher view or some exceptions from time to time, but my understanding is that it will be offered very broadly and the vast majority of titles will have Share Play compatibility."

Read more: PS4 Share Play - How Sony is changing multiplayer in a big way

Avi

September 9, 2014, 12:58 pm

I think you'll find this raises the publishers to deliver quality games! and it will shift the paradigm to promote more independent developers who can't afford the cost of advertisement and paying off big media companies

Tom

September 9, 2014, 2:19 pm

What i find interesting is how much PS4 sharePlay shows how important clear communication and PR is with games consoles today. PS4 SharePlay sounds to be essentially the same as the shareing system that Microsoft planned with the Xbox One back when it was first announced, but was cut after fierce pushback from potential customers because of the always connected to the internet requirement that really riled a
lot of people up.

As I thought then, this “share” option is a great way to drive interest in games and hopefully encourage more co-op games coming to the market, its just interesting how its been so accepted for PS4 than it was for Xbox One

XbotMK1

September 10, 2014, 2:27 am

Sorry buddy, but you can't try and spin this into somthing it's not just to try and fool people into believing Microsoft is some sort of victim.

First of all, SharePlay isn't anything like Microsoft's familly sharing.
SharePlay lets ANYONE control YOUR game via internet. They control YOUR game on your console from their PS4. Family sharing can't do this. Family sharing is simply a DRM download program that lets 10 people share the same copy of a game as long as they're linked together into one family account. They don't control your games. With family sharing you have to download the game and you have to be linked to a 10 person account. If you are not part of that account, you lose the game. Family sharing doesn't allow you to play co op because only one person is allowed to play at a time. They're totally different features.

Second of all, SharePlay is a feature that Sony talked about before the Xbox One was even revealled. So even if they were similar, you're still wrong.

Third, not only were you wrong about SharePlay and Family sharing being the same, but you tried to spin into a way to excuse the DRM Microsoft lied about and tried to push on consumers. Let me put it simply for you....

Microsoft's Xbox One
- Requires a constant internet connection to function
- No free lending, trading, or reselling
- Physical media became pointless because physical coppies were basically just 1 time use activation codes. Microsoft was trying to fool and condition consumers into accepting digital only by selling useless physical coppies at retailers.
- After the backlash, Microsoft tried to sugar coat these restrictions by adding family sharing which required an Xbox Live subscription instead of removing their DRM.

Sony's PS4
- No internet restriction
- Free trading, lending, and reselling. Those without internet can still enjoy many of Sony's single player games.
- SharePlay available to everyone and anyone who has internet and is a PS+ member.

Now please just shut up Xbot. lol

ismekillz

September 10, 2014, 2:30 am

first of all sony talked about this first in February 2013 microsoft talked about this in june 2013 and the reason why microsoft got so much crap from it was because the alway connected having to check in every 24 hrs to play a single player game, because of that no second hand games, and a bunch more. sony has none of them policies coming into effect the share play is totally optional. and that's what microsoft failed to do with alot of there stuff and why they are trailing and that is failing to make things optional.

XbotMK1

September 10, 2014, 2:32 am

Good point. No need to read fake fanboy reviews. You can just try the game yourself by asking anyone on your friend's list.

XbotMK1

September 10, 2014, 2:36 am

Sorry buddy, but you can't try and spin this into somthing it's not just to try and fool people into believing Microsoft is some sort of victim.

First of all, SharePlay isn't anything like Microsoft's familly sharing.
SharePlay lets ANYONE control YOUR game via internet. They control YOUR game on your console from their PS4. Family sharing can't do this. Family sharing is simply a DRM download program that lets 10 people share the same copy of a game as long as they're linked together into one family account. They don't control your games. With family sharing you have to download the game and you have to be linked to a 10 person account. If you are not part of that account, you lose the game. Family sharing doesn't allow you to play co op because only one person is allowed to play at a time. They're totally different features.

Second of all, SharePlay is a feature that Sony talked about before the Xbox One was even revealled. So even if they were similar, you're still wrong.

Third, not only were you wrong about SharePlay and Family sharing being the same, but you tried to spin into a way to excuse the DRM Microsoft lied about and tried to push on consumers. Let me put it simply for you....

Microsoft's Xbox One
- Requires a constant internet connection to function
- No free lending, trading, or reselling
- Physical media became pointless because physical coppies were basically just 1 time use activation codes. Microsoft was trying to fool and condition consumers into accepting digital only by selling useless physical coppies at retailers.
- After the backlash, Microsoft tried to sugar coat these restrictions by adding family sharing which required an Xbox Live subscription instead of removing their DRM.

Sony's PS4
- No internet restriction
- Free trading, lending, and reselling. Those without internet can still enjoy many of Sony's single player games.
- SharePlay available to everyone and anyone who has internet and is a PS+ member.

Now please just shut up Xbot. lol

Mom said I can play!

September 10, 2014, 3:44 pm

Oh god, imagine the trolls throwing themselves into the lava pit over n over n over again, this should be something that ppl only on your friends list can do, not some random person on McDonalds wifi

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