With the arrival of next-gen consoles, it’s safe to say that we are inching closer and closer to a world without physical discs. The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S mark the first time we’ve been able to purchase a major console at launch without a disk drive, which has raised concerns for gamers who like sharing their games with friends and family. Thankfully, like the PlaySation 4, the PS5 includes a feature that allows for just that.
However, with every new console comes a new interface and system to navigate. Here’s what you need to know about gamesharing on the PS5.
How to set up gameshare on the PS5
If you used the gameshare feature on your PS4, you’ll be glad to know the process for setting it up on the PS5 is much easier once you learn the new terminology. Here’s a quick step-by-step walkthrough for enabling what they now call “Console Sharing and Offline Play.”
Step 1: Log in to your PlayStation Network account on your PS5.
Step 2: While on the main menu, click the gear icon located between the magnifying glass and your avatar to access the Settings tab.
Step 3: Select Users and Accounts.
Step 4: Scroll down and select the Other option.
Step 5: Select Console Sharing and Offline Play. If the text says this option is enabled on your PS5, that means you are not able to gameshare and need to select disable.
Step 6: Log out of your PSN account on your PS5.
Step 7: Log in with your PSN on the console you want to gameshare with.
Step 8: Navigate to the same menu and select Don’t Disable in the Console Sharing and Offline Play menu.
Step 9: Log out of your PSN on this console.
Now when your friend — or whoever you are gamesharing with — logs back in with their PSN account, they will be able to access all of your games from their PS5 system. Keep in mind you can only share your game library with one other console, at least at this time, so make sure you are certain before you enable the feature. That said, you can always disable the feature and go through the entire process again, if need be.
Gamesharing works both ways, too, so not only are you allowing this other console to access any games you’ve purchased, but you will be granted access to their library as well. This is arguably a more convenient way to share games — after all, swapping discs requires a bit more effort.
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