Sony is currently rolling out a new update for the PlayStation 4, which is causing some players to raise their eyebrows. The next patch removes a feature that is now 5 years old and that many players have come to love.
Community function before the end: Sony cancels old PS4 function
Bad news for anyone using the PS4's community feature: How mp1st.com reports Sony will finally cancel the function with the 8.50 update. The patch is already being distributed to the beta testers' consoles – so it should also be released to all other users in the near future. On the official PlayStation blog it is communicated, that the feature will no longer be available from April 2021.
For many players this will be a big blow. The function was mainly used by users to network with one another, to get to know new people or to find potential players.
Update 8.50 for the PS4 brings even more changes:
- Notifications for each group can now be switched on or off in "Messages". Open the group screen, then the options menu and select “Turn off notifications”.
- In the “Gaming Session” menu, you can now use the “Request to join” button to ask the session leader to join their game. The session leader can then send you an invitation to join the game session.
- If you play a game that you have hidden, other players online will no longer be able to see that you are playing it.
And what else has happened in the last week? In the GIGA headlines we summarize the most important messages for you:
Spring cleaning at Sony: PlayStation features land on the siding
A real spring cleaning seems to be taking place at Sony. The company recently announced that it would also remove the "Series & Films" category from the PlayStation Store in August 2021. From this point on, PlayStation players will no longer be able to buy video content directly from the PS Store, and third-party video apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + and YouTube will still be accessible.
If you own a PS4, you should also have the following games in your library:
Sony has also given the all-clear: PS4 users who have already bought or rented films and series from the PlayStation Store can still watch them after the “Movie Store” has been switched off.
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