PS4 game sharing, primary system benefits, PS Plus & friends list FAQ explains all
[Update: New details on the PS4 PlayStation app's features have been revealed.]
Sony has released a new FAQ explaining PS4′s game sharing along with the benefits of activating your console as a ‘primary system’ (basically everyone can do everything on it). It also explains how the new 2000 friends list limit works on PS3 & Vita which can still only display 100 of your nearest and dearest.
Making your PS4 a ‘primary system’ means anyone can play and use the stuff you download on it without you specifically logging in. It also makes your PS Plus benefits available for all, including games and online multiplayer.
As for digitally purchased games you can play them on any system you sign in to. There’s no limit to how many machines overall but “Only you can start games that you download”. Effectively you can have two systems live at any one time – your primary PS4 and one other (a friends) that you’re signed into.
Here are the full details:
Sharing your “primary” PS4 system at home
Sharing games you purchase from PlayStation Store
Games you download can be played by users who share your PS4 system, such as your family and friends. You do not have to log in to the system for other users to play these games.
Sharing benefits from PlayStation Plus
If you join PlayStation Plus, benefits such as online multiplayer features that come with that membership can be enjoyed by users who share your PS4 system. You do not have to log in to the system for other users to enjoy these benefits.
Playing on other PS4 systems when you are not at home
Playing games you purchase from PlayStation Store
Games you purchase can be downloaded and played on any PS4 system if you sign in to PSN. There is no limit on the number of systems you can use. Only you can start games that you download.
Enjoying benefits from PlayStation Plus
If you join PlayStation®Plus, you can sign in to PSN from any PS4 system and enjoy your membership benefits.
Playing games on discs
You can share disc games with your friends and play used disc games on your PS4 system just like you can on a PS3 system. You do not have to connect to the Internet or pay any usage fees to play used games.
Why should I activate my system as my primary PS4 system?
You can activate one PS4 system per account as your “primary” PS4 system. When you activate your system, the following features become available.
- PlayStation Store – Anyone who uses your PS4 system can enjoy games and applications you purchase from PlayStation Store.
- PS Plus – Anyone who uses your PS4 system can enjoy numerous benefits if you join PS Plus.
- PlayStation App – You can purchase or pre-order content on PlayStation App and have the content automatically downloaded to your PS4 system.
- PS4 system from a PS Vita systemYou can connect to the PS4 system from a PS Vita system via the Internet using Remote Play.
You can deactivate a PS4 system only with that system. If you want to activate a different system that is not at your home as your primary PS4 system, you must deactivate the current primary system first. Also deactivate your PS4 system if you plan to transfer or dispose of it.
How your Friends are displayed
Coinciding with the release of the PS4 system, you will be able to become Friends with up to 2,000 people on PSN. You can view your Friends on any device you have signed in to with your PSN account. The number of players displayed varies for each device.
PS4 system PS4 system – All of your Friends can be displayed.
PS3 system – A maximum of 100 players can be displayed.
PS Vita system – All of your Friends can be displayed in Friends(Friends). Support for the ability to display all of your Friends in most applications and games is planned. (However, some titles will be limited to the current 100 Friends.)
Smartphone or other device with PlayStation App installed.Smartphone or other device with PlayStation App installed – All of your Friends can be displayed.
Which 100 players are displayed?
1. If you have sent or received Friend requests that haven’t been approved yet, up to 10 of the most recent recipients and 10 of the most recent senders are displayed.
2. Your Friends are displayed.
If the sum of players from point (1) and your currently online Friends is more than 100, your currently online Friends are displayed by online ID in alphabetical order until the limit of 100 players is reached.
If the sum of players from point (1) and your currently online Friends is less than 100, your currently offline Friends are also displayed by online ID in alphabetical order until the limit of 100 players is reached.
3. If the sum of players from point (1) and all of your Friends from point (2) is less than 100, any remaining recipients of your Friend requests are displayed, followed by any remaining players who sent Friend requests to you, until the limit of 100 players is reached.
You must sign out of PSN and then sign in again to update the players who are displayed. When doing this, also sign out of all other devices that you are signed in to PSN on.
Thanks VG247, source.