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Geoffrey Tim
August 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Sony made quite a bit of noise in its press conference about its upcoming PS4 system update version 2.0, and more specifically how the PlayStation 4 is getting a new feature in Share Play. It’s one of the neat features were were promised when the PlayStation 4 was originally announced, and now it’s finally a reality. Sony detailed it a little more last night.

It’s something they’re calling a virtual couch.

“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 against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light’s local co-op mode,” Sony explained.

“With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’re hanging upside down? Get a little help.”

As Sony explained yesterday, the other player needn’t even own the game you want to share. It sounds like a neat application of the company’s Gaikai technology, though I can’t imagine it’ll get used all that much beyond testing it because it can be done..and for couch play for people who don’t have any real life friends.

What Sony didn’t mention about its new system update is just why the heck the PlayStation 4 is still incapable of the most rudimentary media playback.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend

• Hammersteyn

Agreed, i play by myself….. wait what?

[inserts “All by myself – Celine Dion” to set the tone…]

• Hammersteyn

Now I cant stop thinking of Lara
*Cries in the corner

• Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

I don’t trust all you dirty peasants. What if you mess up my game saves?

Indeed, screws up, autosaves, leaves, #TrollFace

• Hammersteyn

Maybe MS wont sell them a media player?

If the boner can fix its p’s and have the 1TB HDD and have media playback, maybe, just maybe, they can turn this around

• Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

I’m sure the boner will rise again (let’s get out the blackboard – mMmmm I see Tomb Raider is on there now, as well as China)

• Hammersteyn

I trust China about as much as their takeaways

• The Batman

But, they have nice takeaways.

HOLY CRAP IT’S BATMAN!

• Hammersteyn

*The Batman

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8!

• Hammersteyn

XD

• Hammersteyn

I dunno, Ive had some dodgy takeaways sometimes. But the same can be said for KFC as well for instance.

• The Batman

Kiddy Fiddling C0cksucker.

• Hammersteyn

Hahaha

• Guest

I am Batman!

• Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

+1 Batman!

• Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

But… pork dumplings are tasty

• jigglyjigglys@gmail.com

Another useless update. Is the ps4 able to play ps3 games yet, I mean inserting a ps3 disc and playing.

• Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

Oooh your nick is your email account! I’m sending you kitten pictures.

• Sk3tz0

Send him BLUE WAFFEL PHOTOS.. AND TUB GIRL… bwahahhahahahahaha

• HvR – Still dislikes Random.or

Be careful he will probably reply with pics of his jiggly-jigglys

Yeah, if only there was a platform on which you could play old games…

• Milesh Bhana

i figured this announcement was coming. At E3 they said that Far Cry 4 would have this feature.

But as the rest of you have said, rather give us BC and media playback. Heck, even a youtube and tuneIn app would be nice (unless that’s in other regions, but i don’t see it on the SA store)

• Kikmi

Thats weird, they spelt DLNA playback “S_H_A_R_E_P_L_A_Y”
Silly japs.

• Sageville