Today, October 14, Sony is releasing PlayStation 4’s
latest update – version 8.00 – and it brings with its changes to the existing Party and Messages features, new avatars, updated parental controls, and more.Once the new PS4 system update is downloaded, Party and Messages will be more closely linked together. Both apps will now use the same ‘Groups’ of players for Party voice chats and message exchanges, instead of having them living in two separate apps. Players will also be able to start a Party chat or send a message to a group they’ve already been a part of, and this will also be the case for PS5 when it launches.For those who love to give their Profiles a little more personality, Sony will be adding more pre-set avatars for players to choose from, including Bloodborne, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us Part 2, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and many more.There are other quality of life features being added with version 8.00, including the ability to mute all microphones in the Quick Menu, an enhanced 2-step verification system that will support third-party authenticator apps, and simplified and more flexible Parental Controls.
To speak a bit more about the parental controls, Sony is now combining the ‘Communicating with Other Players’ and ‘Viewing Content Created by other Players’ into one setting – ‘Communication and User Generated Content’ – and this will cover both areas of communication and user-generated content sharing. Furthermore, children can also send a request to their parents to use communications features in specific games.
While many things are being added, version 8.00 will remove Event Creation and Private Community Creation. For those who already have existing private Communities, however, they will still be accessible.
Lastly, Sony is also updating the PS4 Remote Play app alongside version 8.00 to add the option to connect to PS5 when it is released. It will also be renamed to PS Remote Play.
This very well may be the final big update before the PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, 2020. For more, check out all the confirmed launch games, everything you need to know about backward compatibility on the PS5, and what PS4 games won’t be playable on PS5.
Confirmed PlayStation 5 Games
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