I don’t think this PS4 feature gets enough credit. My buddy and I use it all the time. For those who aren’t familiar with it here’s how it works:
Share Play is like a virtual couch! It’s activated the Party menu. One user hosts the session and another user can join. The users’ consoles connect directly to each other over the internet. Once the connection is established the Share Play session lasts 1 hour before it closes. The process can be repeated indefinitely. The host can share control with the guest either as player 2 or let them take over as player 1. Unlike streaming, the video feed for the guest is instaneous.
The best example in my experience was playing Until Dawn. We split up the party of 8 characters between us, each taking control of 4. When it was my buddy’s turn I simply gave him control. Some of those quicktime prompts are really quick but the latency was good enough that it was never an issue.
It’s not without its issues. The one-hour limit is a bit of a pain but thankfully it’s not hard to restart a session. Share Play is not good enough to play any fast-paced games as the input lag really ruins it. Until Dawn worked well because the quickest inputs only required a button press or two, everything else was walking around at a slow pace. Sometimes the feature refuses to work and it takes my friend several attempts to join me and vice versa.
Anyone else use this feature a lot? I wish other platforms had it too so everyone could share their experiences as if they were on the same couch.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that some parts require PS+. The host needs PS+ to hand over player 1 controller or host a second player. The guest needs PS+ to play as player 2.