Can I play Diablo 4 with game share?

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Can I play Diablo 4 with game share?

Yes! While it wasn't possible to play Diablo 4 via game sharing during its Early Access period, you can play it with game share now that Diablo 4 has launched globally. Note that if you're using game share to play co-op multiplayer with someone in your household, you have the option of local couch co-op as an alternative.

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One of the best features available on consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox is game sharing. Once you have it set up (see our guide on how to set up game share on Xbox), you can use it to share your digital games between two consoles, allowing a friend or family member to play your games without having to purchase them. Notably, since they'll be logged in with a different profile, you can even play your games together simultaneously through game sharing.

Now that Diablo 4 has launched globally, fans will be happy to know that the game is fully playable with game share. As long as you and your game share partner have set everything up correctly, you can jump in and enjoy Blizzard's new critically acclaimed ARPG.

This lines up with what Diablo Global Community Development Director Adam Fletcher said on Twitter in response to a fan asking why game share wasn't working for Diablo 4 during the four-day Early Access period that started on June 1. At the time, many were concerned that the lack of Early Access game share support meant that the full release wouldn't have it, either.

"The purchaser of the game must be the host between both," wrote Fletcher during the Early Access period. "This is only for early access as it’s a separate entitlement offered to the account that purchases the game."

Couch co-op is a great alternative

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While you do have game share as an option for playing Diablo 4 with friends and family, there's an alternative option you may be able to take advantage of: couch co-op.

Like Diablo 3 before it, Diablo 4 local couch co-op gives you the ability to play the game with one other person locally, and all you'll need to make it work is a second controller and another account player two can sign into. Once signed in, your co-op partner can create a character and jump into the action without ever having to purchase Diablo 4 themselves.

This obviously won't be viable for folks that typically game share between households, but if you're trying to play with someone you live with, it's the perfect solution. Thanks to Diablo 4's cross-progression systems, player two's characters and progress will even be saved on their account they signed in with for co-op, even if they don't own the game. This progress will transfer if they eventually decide to buy the game themselves, which is awesome.

Diablo 4 is out now and is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, Windows PC, PS5, and PS4. It's one of the best Xbox games for fans of dungeon crawlers and hack-and-slash combat, and we've been having an absolute blast with it.


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