Sony this week made some big announcements, the biggest being that the PlayStation 4 has reached an astonishing sales mark of 10 million consoles sold-to-date.
At Gamescom, Sony revealed that since the console launched 9-months ago, they have successfully sold over 10 million PS4 units to consumers, making it one of the fastest sold consoles-to-date. Since it’s launch, the PS4 has been outselling its competitor on a monthly basis with reports that it is outselling the Xbox One three-to-one in the last quarter.
Along with the announcement, Sony also delivered some details on a new firmware update, 2.00, releasing this fall for the PS4.
With it comes support for direct YouTube uploading, an improved “Whats New” section, and the biggest feature so far, Share Play. With Share Play, gamers will be able to share a 60 minute session (unlimited sessions) of a game that they have with co-op access, with any of their friends. They don’t even need to own the game to use it, as you can see in the details below.
“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.”
More details are to come in the following months, and chances are it’ll be packed with a lot more features. Stay tuned for updates!