Game company Sony Interactive Entertainment has released the latest software update for PlayStation 4 worldwide.
The newest update, version 8.00, is now available worldwide for download. It now includes changes to the existing Party and Messages features, new avatars, updated parental controls, and more.
Check out the full details below:
Party and Messages will now be more tightly linked together, which can be seen clearly on the UI. Both apps will now have the same Groups of players for Party voice chats and message exchanges. No more having different groups setup across the two apps. Players can now just start the Party chat or send a message to the group that they have already chatted previously on PS4 and later on PS5.
New avatars have been introduced now for players to choose from on their Profile. The new avatars are from Bloodborne, Ghost of Tsushima, Journey, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Last of Us Remastered, and more.
Players can now mute all microphones in the Quick Menu section. They can now easily mute the mics while gaming.
Parental Controls are now simplified and more flexible to use. SIE has combined the Communicating with Other Players and Viewing Content Created by other Players into one setting. This will now be known as Communication and User Generated Content in order to cover both areas of communication and UGC sharing. Parents can easily understand this with its simpler setting.
Children can also send a request to their parents to use communications features in specific games. Parents will get an email notification and can choose to make an exception for that specific game and allow them to use its communications and UGC features.
The 2-Step verification has been enhanced as well on the PS4 in order to support third party authenticator apps as an option. This can be applied during the activation flow and 2SV sign-in across PS4, mobile, and web.
The new update has removed the Event Creation and Private Community Creation. For those who already have private Communities, they can still access them
Remote Play App on Mobile and PC has been updated as well. It is now called PS Remote Play and the option to connect to PS5 will be added. Players will need to sign in to PSN from their PS5 consoles to be able to access this feature in the near future.
Update: Certain reports reveal that the new update is causing some issues with the friends list not showing at all, some stability issues, and others. Some users are cautioning others to hold off on updating the system for now.