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How to gameshare on PS5

Expand your game library by sharing it with a friend.
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July 18, 2022
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Gone are the days of disc sharing, where you would lend a physical copy of a game to a friend to borrow. Nowadays, the whole process happens digitally. With gameshare, you can allow anyone signed into your PS5 console to play your games and media, and you can access the library of games on their console in return, even when either console is offline. Here’s how to gameshare on PS5.

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QUICK ANSWER

To gameshare on PS5, navigate to Settings--> Users and Accounts--> Other and select Console Sharing and Offline Play. Then, have your friend sign in to your console with their PSN account, and you will both have access to the game library on each other's consoles.

How to gameshare on PS5

Console sharing and offline play allow you to share your games and some PlayStation Plus subscription benefits with other players, such as online multiplayer. When you enable the feature, anyone signed into your PS5 console can access the library of games or media you have purchased and downloaded on their PS5. However, you can only do so with one other person at a time, so use the feature wisely.

To enable gameshare, navigate to Settings–> Users and Accounts.

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Scroll down and select Other, then choose Console Sharing and Offline Play to enable the feature.

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After the person you’re game sharing with logs in to your console with their PSN account, they will have access to any of your compatible games from their PS5. To disable the feature, follow the same pathway outlined above.

You may be wondering if the gameshare feature goes both ways, and thankfully, the answer is yes. Whoever you share with will have access to your library, and you’ll have access to any of the games on their console. You can theoretically coordinate to get twice as many games for half the price with a trusted friend. Let’s keep that on the down-low.


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FAQs

Yes, you can gameshare with one other PSN account at a time on PS5.

Yes, you can game share on PS4 and PS5 and even game share between them. However, you cannot download or play PS5 games on a PS4 console.

You can gameshare with one other PSN account at a time.

If you purchased a disc of a PS5 game, you would need to lend your friend the physical disc to play the game. They can, however, download the game via gameshare to have it ready to play.