Sony outlined the PlayStation 4’s firmware 2.0 update during their Gamescom press conference. The biggest and newest feature coming with Firmware 2.0 are options dealing with your friends, specifically finding like-minded folk to play with as well as recommended friends for you.

Also, as promised gameplay videos will be uploaded directly to Youtube. The biggest feature  announced however is Shareplay. Shareplay will allow you and your friends to play the same game virtually, no matter where you are. Both you and your friend can share games cooperatively or competitively, without both parties having to own the game. Here is more about SharePlay directly from The PlayStation Blog:

“The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. 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.

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.”

Source: IGN

 

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