It’s evident that we’re approaching a digital era where physical game discs are becoming a thing of the past. With the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S, gamers now have the option to purchase consoles without a disk drive. While this digital shift is convenient for many, it has raised concerns among those who enjoy sharing their games with friends and family. Fortunately, the PlayStation 5, like its predecessor, offers a feature that allows game sharing. However, navigating the new console’s interface and system can be a bit tricky. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to set up game sharing on the PS5.
Setting Up Game Sharing on the PS5
Enabling game sharing on your PS5 is remarkably straightforward, especially if you’re already familiar with the updated terminology. On the PS5, this feature is known as “Console Sharing and Offline Play.” Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:
Step 1: Log in to your PlayStation Network (PSN) account on your PS5.
Step 2: From the main menu, locate and click on the Gear icon, which is situated between the magnifying glass and your avatar. This will open the Settings tab.
Step 3: Select “Users and Accounts.”
Step 4: Scroll down and choose the “Other” option.
Step 5: Click on “Console Sharing and Offline Play.” If the text indicates that this option is already enabled on your PS5, it means game sharing is not possible, and you should select “disable.”
Step 6: Log out of your PSN account on your PS5.
Step 7: Log in with your PSN account on the console you want to share games 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 account on this console.
Once the person you’re sharing games with logs back in using their PSN account, they will gain access to any of your compatible games from their PS5. However, it’s essential to use this feature responsibly. As far as we know, game sharing is limited to one other person, so choose your sharing partner wisely. If needed, you can deactivate the feature and start the process again if you want to share with someone else.
You might be wondering if game sharing works in both directions. The answer is yes—whomever you share with will have access to your game library, and you’ll have access to any games on their console. Say goodbye to the era of sharing physical discs; the modern and more convenient method of sharing games is here to stay.