Sony has sent an email confirming the closing date for Communities on PS4. They will be no longer be supported by Sony after April.
If you are a subscriber to PlayStation marketing emails, you will get a new one from Sony titled “Important changes to PlayStation communities on your PS4 console”. This email confirms that Communities will no longer get any support from Sony while the feature will be removed from the console in April.
“Thank you for using the Communities feature on your PlayStation®4 console. Beginning in April 2021, this feature will no longer be supported or available on your PS4™ console,” reads the email.
“However, you will still be able to stay connected and enjoy messaging features and more on your PS4™ console and PlayStation®App.”
Communities were a neat feature to get organized gaming communities on PS4. While Sony hasn’t shared a reason on why they are closing them altogether, the new beta PS4 firmware update had already suggested that they were being removed from the console. The latest email from Sony confirms the date when this feature is going to be removed, so if you were planning to do something with it, there is still some time left for now.
Sony is reportedly releasing a new firmware update this March for the PS5. This will resolve the issue with the 4K/120Hz mode that led to some issues with HDR on supported TV sets. In addition to the PS5 firmware update, Sony is also releasing PS4 firmware update 8.50 which is currently in a beta testing stage and available for those who have applied for beta testing on their PS4.
Other new features that were confirmed for this firmware update include the ability to turn off notifications for group messages and the ability to hide the status of a game from other players.