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Here's how PS4's new game sharing feature will work

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

On Oct. 28, the PlayStation 4 will receive a new feature dubbed Share Play as part of the console's 2.0 system software update. Share Play will let PS4 owners share their games over the internet, which Sony has likened to a "virtual couch." In a new video released by Sony Computer Entertainment, the company walks us through how that works and what the new feature really does.

With Share Play, PS4 owners virtually share a DualShock 4 controller. That feature lets another player take control of your game — to help you through a particularly tricky section of a game, for example — and lets another player join you for a local multiplayer session, virtually.

Those sharing features are available to other players, even if they don't own the game. But there is one important limitation: Share Play sessions are restricted to one hour.

For more details on Share Play, check out Sony's video preview of the upcoming feature. Version 2.0 of PS4's system software has more than just Share Play, which you can learn more about here.

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