SONY has released a major software update for the PlayStation 5 that lets gamers on its previous console join the next-gen party.
PlayStation 4 players can now try out PS5 games free of charge thanks to the Japanese tech titan’s new Share Play feature.
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It’s one of a raft of tweaks made to Sony’s new console in its April update, which was rolled out across the globe on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, PS5 games cannot be played on PS4 as the older console does not have the right hardware.
It can’t handle the graphics of its newer sibling, which was launched by Sony last year.
With the introduction of Share Play, PS5 gamers can share their screen with friends using a PS4 to show off what they’re up.
But that’s not all. PS5 players can also virtually pass their controller to a friend playing on a last-gen console.
The game is still run through the PS5’s hardware, but your mate is controlling the action on their PS4 controller remotely.
“This means PS5 console users can let their friends … try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa,” Sony wrote in a blog post.
“Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together.”
If you’re a PS4 owner wanting to use Share Play, you’ll first need to find a mate who also has a PlayStation 5.
You’ll need to be friends with them on the PlayStation network, and both online at the same time.
Your friend will then need to invite you to a party and load up the game you want to play.
They’ll then need to press the share button on their DualShock 4 controller, and hit “Go to Party for Share Play” on the TV.
They’ll then need to select “Give Controller to Visitor”.