Hi guys (and hopefully some, girls)!
Last night, I was facing a similar issue. I have (2) PSN accounts: My own and my son's, which is a "sub" account of my own account. Here's the problem - my son now has his own PS4 console and wanted to play Destiny online. Well, since sub accounts can't really do that AND I did not want to have to re-purchase the exact same game for a third time (we already have the game on Xbox 360 & Xbox one), I decided to do some research. I can't remember the exact phrase I Googled, but it was something like "how to share digital content across multiple consoles" and amongst the vast amount of information that came up, I found this forum thread.
Thank you, by the way.
Between information I found here, a couple of other sources and the PlayStation Knowledge Base, I was able to do what I was looking to do: Share my digitally purchased content with my son on a second PS4. Fair to note, this is something we have been doing for about 6 years via XBOX, however, we just recently received our PS4 and I was unsure as to how to go about sharing the DLC.
Anywho, I just published this information on my personal blog with all of the details, but since I can't publish links on here yet, (I just joined in order to let you know what actually worked for me) I figured I would share here:
Here is what you will need:
(2) PS4 consoles.
- Main console you have set as the "Primary" for your PSN account. This is the PSN account you have purchased your digital content on. Also, this is the console your child (spouse, friend, etc.) will now use with their PSN account.
- Secondary console which you will now use for yourself.
(2) PSN Accounts (PSN ID's).
Please note - Per PlayStation: "To enjoy certain PlayStation Plus benefits, you must subscribe to the service.
" So, in order to play games online, each PSN Account MUST
have their own PlayStation Plus Account. If your child is not into online gaming, then you should be fine with just using (1) PlayStation Plus account.
How to share your DLC with another PS4 user:
If you haven't already done so, turn on your PS4 (Console #1
) and add your PSN account to it, be sure you designate this console as your "Primary" console. (The first time you sign in to your PSN account you will be prompted to activate the console during the sign in process).
If you already added your PSN account previously and forgot to specify it as your primary console, follow these steps instead: After you have signed into your PSN Account: Select [PSN] > [Activate as Your Primary PS4] > [Activate].
Next, add the second PSN account (this is the account that belongs to your child, spouse, relative, etc.) to the console you have designated as your primary console (Console #1
). This console will now be the secondary user's console. In my case, this is the console my son will use.
Also, fair to note - you should probably add a passcode to your account and disable the automatic login feature on this console. This will make it so the other user will not automatically be signed into your PSN account when they turn the PS4 on. Trust me; there is nothing worse than being in the middle of a firefight and then losing your connection because someone signed in on your primary console as you!
How to set a passcode for your profile:
Go to [Settings] > [Login Settings] > [Passcode Management] and choose your passcode.
How to ensure that your account is not set up for automatic login on the PS4:
Check [Settings] > [Login Settings] and make sure that the setting is off.
Next, add your own account to the second PS4 console (Console #2
). DO NOT
designate this as your primary console. Per PlayStation: "You can activate only 1 PS4™ system per account."
Next, start downloading all of your previously purchased digital content. This is the console you will now use as your main console, even though it is not the console you have selected as the "primary".
We followed the above steps last night and this morning my son was playing online, via his own PSN account on his own PS4 console. He was able to jump into a game of Destiny and also had all of the DLC Expansion Packs that come with the Destiny Expansion Pass.
I hope this helps save you from purchasing multiple copies of the exact same game and DLC in the future.