The Playstation 4 console was supposed to bring more social interactions to the video game world, but a lot of the features shown off during its unveiling, failed to make it to the console on launch.
During the Gamescom conferences though, Sony announced that update 2.0 will be bringing several new features, including, posting videos on Youtube, and finding friends on PSN with similar likes.
But the biggest and most hyped feature included in this patch, was Shareplay; the feature that allows friends to take over game-play over the net. The feature was best explained on a post on the Playstation Blog;
The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Let’s say that with games… you’ll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light’s local co-op mode.
With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’re hanging upside down? Get a little help.
There have been no indications to when the update will be available, but it should be too far away.