Remember back in the good ole days before internet? When multiplayer meant duking it out with a friend sitting right beside you. Or handing your buddy the controller to try out a game. Well, Sony is bringing a new feature to the PS4. Soon, you will be able to invite a friend to play your game with you even if they don’t own it.

Sony describes Share Play as a “virtual sofa. Here’s the Playstation Blog discussing the feature in further detail.

“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 as part of your Club in DRIVECLUB.”

Another cool feature coming with Share Play is the ability to assist a friend. Stuck on a certain level? Hand the controls over to a friend.

When can you expect Share Play? It will come alongside update v2.00. Sony is planning on releasing this update sometime this fall. I would imagine it will come around the time the holiday onslaught begins.

Developers are also embracing these type of features. Far Cry 4 for PS4 gives you 10 keys to give to your friends. Each key equals 2 hours worth of gameplay. These features are fantastic for gamers. Try before you buy. Plus, it pushes developers to make better games. The ability to try before you buy will weed out the bad games quickly.

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It should be noted that developers can write code to keep Share Play from working, but it is unlikely any developer would go that route. The community uproar would be extreme.

It’s clear Sony isn’t being complacent despite their early lead. Microsoft has a clear advantage right now in terms of updating their OS. It’s a gap Sony plans to close significantly with the release of 2.00.

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