PlayStation 4 FAQ addresses game sharing, friend display
posted on 10.26.13 at 02:36 AM EDT by (@salromano)
See all your friends on PS4, PS Vita, and PlayStation App, but not PS3.

Sony has put up a short PlayStation 4 FAQ on its official website addressing features such as game sharing and number of friends displayed on PlayStation Network.

Find our answer summary below.

“Primary” Console Sharing

On a system that you activated as your “primary” PlayStation 4 system, other users can play games you download. If you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, certain benefits can also be enjoyed by other users. You do not have to log in to the system for other users to enjoy these benefits.

Playing on Other PlayStation 4 Systems

On systems that you have not activated as your “primary” PlayStation 4 system, only you can start games you download, and only you can enjoy benefits from PlayStation Plus.

Playing Disc-Based Games

You can share discs with your friends and play disc games on your PlayStation 4 system just like you can on a PlayStation 3 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 PlayStation 4?

You can activate one PlayStation 4 system per account as your “primary” PlayStation 4 system. When you activate your system, the following features become available.

  • Anyone who uses your PlayStation 4 system can enjoy games and applications you purchase from PlayStation Store.
  • Anyone who uses your PlayStation 4 system can enjoy numerous benefits if you join PlayStation Plus.
  • You can purchase or pre-order content on PlayStation App and have the content automatically downloaded to your PlayStation 4 system.
  • You can connect to the PlayStation 4 system from a PS Vita system via the Internet using Remote Play.

You can deactivate a PlayStation 4 system only with that system. (Update: According to Sony Worlwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, you can also deactivate it online.) If you want to activate a different system that is not at your home as your primary PlayStation 4 system, you must deactivate the current primary system first. Also deactivate your PlayStation 4 system if you plan to transfer or dispose of it.

How are friends displayed?

With PlayStation 4, users can friend up to 2,000 people on PlayStation Network. You can view your friends on any device you have signed in to with your PlayStation Network account. The number of players displayed varies for each device.

  • PlayStation 4 – All friends are displayed.
  • PlayStation 3 – A maximum of 100 players can be displayed.
  • PS Vita – All your riends are displayed in the Friends app. 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.)
  • PlayStation App – All your friends are displayed.

Which 100 players will be displayed on PlayStation 3?

  • 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) 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.
  • 3) 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.
  • 4) 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 PlayStation Network 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 PlayStation Network on.

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  • Elvick

    “You can deactivate a PlayStation 4 system only with that system.”

    That could potentially cause problems when systems break. I hope they’re working on a way to do it online.

    • Anime10121

      Its the same way it is currently with the PS3…

      • Elvick

        And? So they shouldn’t make something better then?

        • Ultimasamune

          I think he meant that just like with PS3, you’ll be able to deactivate it online if need be. Or can you not actually do that? I’ve never had to, tbh.

    • Gigus

      What @Anime10121:disqus said. It took maybe a few days for mine to get deactivated when I had to get mine replaced due to a faulty fan.

    • Kevadu

      It’s already this way with current systems. If you contact Sony’s support people they can deactivate all your consoles at their end (then you have to go and reactivate the ones you still have). Kind of clumsy, but it doesn’t take long and gets the job done…

      • Elvick

        That’s dumb though. It should at least be as easy as Netflix.

        • http://kazriko2.tumblr.com Kazriko Redclaw

          In order to use netflix, you have to connect to their servers. With PSN, you can be completely offline when playing your games if you’re on the “Primary” console. If you don’t connect that console to the internet ever, Sony has no way of remotely deactivating it.

      • kiri25

        Actually this is both correct and incorrect. You can call sony to deactivate but u can also deactivate by going online as well.

        The only thing you have to call sony for to deactivate is for movies u download from psn.

      • PrinceHeir

        you can go to this site.

        https://account.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com

        log in your PSN account then go to account settings and you’ll see where to deactivate it.

        you can even see all the content that you bough off on PSN

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      What’s stopping them from deactivating in SEN store? We can deactivate PS3s and Vitas through the online store right now…

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      According to Yosp, you can still deactivate it online – https://twitter.com/yosp/statuses/393999285978537984

      I added note of that in the story.

      • Elvick

        Okay thanks

  • shogunknight

    Weird, what i am looking forward to most about this console is 2 things: Boot up to OS and downloading the playstation app for an android/ios device

  • Laharl

    What if I already have 100 friends on PS3, but add more on PS4…

    Can I not talk to those new PS4 friends on my PS3 if they have a PS3?

    • GhostNomad

      You should still be able to talk to them. According to the second part of the article, they just might not be displayed if their name starts with a really high letter like X, Y, or Z, something like that.

      • Laharl

        Makes sense, so that means we will be able to add over 100 friends on PS3 now?

        • GhostNomad

          That’d be my guess, since the article says it will be able to display 100 friends (requests included) but doesn’t specify if 100 is still the limit what with the PS4 increasing it to 2000 and such.

  • TimesTicking

    So I assume game sharing with other is no longer possible?

    • Raiyu

      Doesn’t seem like it. Looks like the same way the 360 work.

      • Ultimasamune

        Wat.

        “You can share discs with your friends and play disc games on your PlayStation 4 system just like you can on a PlayStation 3 system. You do not have to connect to the internet or pay any usage fees to play used games.”

        And as far as digital goes, you can play them on other people’s PS4s as long as they’re downloaded and accessed on your account. (Which you could walk your friends through over the phone, if you want. No need to even be there in person.)

        • Lavos

          He’s asking about sharing your account to a friend for him to play your games. And no, it isn’t, he has to play on your account if he want to play your games.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    My PS3 is going to turn into an import machine

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Seems fair…

    I wish for some way that I can bring my digital PS+ titles everywhere I go without the need to download them on a friend’s system….

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Gakai probably

  • True Gamer

    I”m sorry maybe I am missing something. Are they saying you can only activate your account on only 1 ps4 system? I am just seeking for clarity. I am hoping that I have misread that statement.

    • Ultimasamune

      Don’t worry, what they’re saying is you can have one particular PS4 dedicated to your account, which, if you do so, will allow any other accounts to use all of your digital downloads, without switching to your profile/account. Additionally, your PS+ benefits will extend to any other users of that dedicated system.

      You can still activate your account on other systems.

      • True Gamer

        Awesome!! dude I appreciate it

  • TheBlackRabbit

    you know what? this is a good compromise for both of us…sony and the consumer :D

  • LordKaiser

    It would still be a pain to deactivate a broken PS4…

    • Eduardo Vasquez

      not true you can deactivate on the sony website now i done it

  • EspadaKiller

    So, do anyone knows that if I could have multiple region accounts on my PS4? Like US, EU and Asia account in the PS4 like the PS3? Cause the Vita doesn’t allow multiple region accounts, only 1 account per system.

    • GhostNomad

      The article implies that there can be several user accounts on one PS4 at any given time (what with the ‘primary account’ and ‘other accounts sharing benefits’ and such). I wouldn’t doubt that you could bring over all your current accounts. Though it does say On systems that you have not activated as your “primary” PlayStation 4 system, only you can start games you download, and only you can enjoy benefits from PlayStation Plus which would imply that other users can play your games but doesn’t necessarily state that you can play other users’ games.

      As far as the Vita, it’s a portable, so I suppose it should be seen as more of a personal device as opposed to a shared console.

      • EspadaKiller

        The article didn’t state whether the accounts could be in multiple region or just only 1 region per console though. I’m just worried that the PS4 can’t have multiple region accounts like the PS3.