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Cannot join PS4 Share Play, as region problems realized

The PS4 has a brand new feature called Share Play and it works like a dream in most cases. However, we’ve noticed that not everyone can use the feature, with some users instead receiving an error along with the message that reads ‘Cannot join PS4 Share Play’.

It now appears that Share Play will only work in some countries, while there’s some other hidden limitations that may stop you from playing.

For instance, we can tell you straight away that users in Germany can only Share Play with other PS4 users from Germany – no exceptions, as Sony has confirmed this here.


We can also tell you that you can’t Share Play with a user if the game you have is not available in the guest’s country – which is a bit of a blow it has to be said.

As a result, it looks like PS4 Share Play is region locked to an extent so you need to be aware of that the next time you run into problems. We can show you an image of the message you may receive on your PS4 if you are trying to Share Play with a guest, but cannot.

Let us know your experiences with PS4 Share Play so far. Have you encountered any problems with the service hosting or as guest, or has it worked perfectly for you without any issue?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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