If you are looking to set your PS5 as the primary console for game sharing but aren't sure how, then you've come to the right place. We'll tell you exactly what you need to know, so you can get your PS5 set up for console sharing and offline play.
And if you have no idea what a PS5 primary account is, we'll treat you to a brief explanation. You can then see for yourself whether it would be of benefit to you.
How To Set PS5 As Primary Console For Game Sharing
In order to set the PS5 as the primary console for game sharing, the steps are really simple to follow.
It's worth pointing out that the first console you use to sign in to PlayStation Network for the first time will automatically have this enabled. It will therefore be your default primary console. If this is the console you want as your primary console, then you don't need to do anything.
But, if you need to enable it on another PS5, simply follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Users and Accounts > Other > Console Sharing and Offline Play.
- Select Enable.
You can only have one primary console at a time. So if you activate this on one console, it will disable it automatically on any other PS5 that it was set upon. If you need to manually disable console sharing, then simply repeat the steps outlined above, and select Disable instead.
Furthermore, if you need to deactivate a console sharing on a console you can no longer access, there is a way you can do this. Simply sign in to Account Management, and then select deactivate all devices. If you do this, bear in mind that you can only do this once every six months.
Let's take a look at what console sharing is, and how it works.
What Is Console Sharing With PS5 Primary Account?
Console sharing and offline play, to give it its full title, is a setting that links a console to your account. It allows you to share your games and other media content with anyone else who is using that particular console. They can even enjoy some benefits of your PlayStation Plus membership, should you have a subscription.
You would still be able to play your games and content on a different PS5. Do this by simply signing in with your account. You will need to be connected to the internet though.
Whichever console you enable this on can run all your games and media even when the console is offline. You can play any media or games you’ve downloaded, and enjoy certain PS Plus benefits - notably Game Help, and online multiplayer.
Essentially, this means that you can access games that are in your library, as well as any games that are installed on the console already. No more lending someone else your precious and expensive discs.
Setting your PS5 as the primary console for game sharing is very similar to the 'primary PS4' setting. It's a great way to share games and content, even if you aren't physically around. Perfect for families, or for close friends.
Now that you know how to set up your PS5 primary account, take a look at how to fix PS5 game-sharing error.