Just like the PlayStation 4, you can share digital games between two PlayStation 5 consoles. The process of setting this up can be a little confusing, however. If you are having issues, you can follow this guide.
What is game sharing on PS5?
Game sharing is a feature that allows you to share digital PS5 games and digital backwards compatible PS4 games on two PlayStation 5 consoles.
How does game sharing work on PS5?
Game sharing on the PlayStation 5 works the same way as it does on the PlayStation 4. Basically, you can have one primary console and one secondary console to share your digital games.
With your primary console, you can play digital games offline and by using other user accounts aside from the game sharing account that is tied to the purchased digital games.
With your secondary console, you need to login to your game sharing account in order to play digital that were purchased with that account.
The two consoles can be in the same household using the same internet connection or can be far away from each other using different internet connections.
Can you game share between PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition?
Yes, you will be able to share digital games between the PlayStation 5 with disk drive and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition (which does not have a disk drive).
Can you play the same game-sharing videogame simultaneously on PS5?
Yes, you can play the same digital videogame that has been game-shared at the same time on two PlayStation 5 consoles. To do so, the secondary console needs to be logged into the user account used for game sharing. With the primary console, you can either play offline or with a different user account.
Can you play the same game-sharing videogame simultaneously online on PS5?
Yes, you can also play the same digital game that has been game-shared at the same time online on two PlayStation 5 consoles.
In order to do so, the secondary console will need to be logged into the user account used for game sharing. The primary console needs to logged into a different user account as well. Both of these accounts need to subscribe to the PlayStation Plus service to enable online play.
How to enable game sharing on PS5
To enable game sharing, you first to identify the user account that is tied to the purchased digital games you want to share. You need to use this account to log into both PlayStation 5 consoles.
In order to add a user account to a PS5, you need to power on your console. During the boot up process, the system will ask “who’s using this controller?” Here you need to select the “Add User” option and then “Add a User to this PS5.” Follow the sign in instructions to add the user.
Now that you tied the user account you want to game share with to the console, you should be in the main system menu. From there, go up and then right until you see “Settings.” Enter the “Settings” menu and then select “Users and Accounts.”
In the “Users and Accounts” menu, navigate down to select “Other” and then “Console Sharing and Offline Play.”
Here you may see the “Don’t Disable” and “Disable” options, which mean the PS5 is already set to be the primary console. If you see “Don’t Enable” and “Enable” options, this mean that the PS5 is already set to be the secondary console.
If you see the “Don’t Disable” and “Disable” options and want your current PS5 to be the secondary console, you need to select “Disable.” Doing so will log you off of the account.
If you see the “Don’t Enable” and “Enable” options and want your current PS5 to be the primary console, you need to select “Enable.”
After you are done setting up the first PlayStation 5, you need to log into your second PlayStation 5 with the same aforementioned user account that is tied to the digital games that you want to share. Depending on whether you set your first PS5 console to be primary or secondary, the second PS5 console should be the opposite.
You should now be able to download games on both your primary and secondary console via the same game sharing account. To find the digital games, you need to scroll all the way right from the main system menu and select “Game Library.”