PS4 Share Play from Japan to Florida: Sony’s Most Innovative Feature Tested 11,600 Km and an Ocean Away

on March 23, 2015 4:43 PM

PS4’s Share Play is definitely one of the most innovative features introduced to home consoles in a long while, but how well does it hold over long distances? I asked my esteemed colleague Christian Chiok to help me out with a test.

You may already know that I’ve spent the past 20 days in Tokyo (and I brought my PS4 along), Japan while Christian lives in Orlando, Florida. There are about 11,600 Km (roughly 7,250 miles) and a whole ocean between the two cities, and we tried to catch a glimpse on how Sony’s feature performs between a hotel in Shinjuku and your usual household close to Disney World. That’s basically a quarter of the way around the world.

In the video you can see how it went (and laugh at us, probably a lot).

We did four separate sessions, and below you can see the time it took for the initial connection during each session.

  • Giuseppe (Host) -> Christian (Guest), 1st attempt = 22 Seconds
  • Christian (Host) – > Giuseppe (Guest), 1st attempt = 31 Seconds
  • Giuseppe (Host) -> Christian (Guest), 2nd attempt = 23 Seconds
  • Christian (Host) – > Giuseppe (Guest), 2nd attempt = 29 Seconds

The games were definitely playable on both sites, whether in single player, co-op or versus, even if slight lag could be felt. Of course, how much that influences gameplay depends a lot on what game you’re playing.

Other tasks like handing over the controller were basically instantaneous. That said, it was a very enjoyable experience, and not just because we were being (as usual) extremely goofy.

Christian has a good but not exceptional connection for U.S. standards, while the internet at the hotel in Tokyo was basically science-fiction for an Italian like me, restricted to a third world-like one mb/s of upstream, which doesn’t allow me to livestream decently or to even activate share play at all when I’m at home.

Below you can see our speedtest results:

Giuseppe (Tokyo, Japan)

SpeedTestGiuseppe

Christian (Orlando, Florida, U.S.)

SpedTestChristian

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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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