Sony has updated the official PS4 firmware update to version 8.50 today. This system update has launched alongside the PS5 update that was teased earlier.
As we reported earlier about the removal of PlayStation 4 Communities, this update has finally put the nail in the coffin of this social feature on the PS4. Other changes that are confirmed on the official website include the ability to share play with the PS5 users, and the ability to turn on notifications for group chat messages.
You can find the complete list of changes that are included in this new PS4 firmware update below.
PS4 Firmware Update 8.50 Changelog
PS4 8.50 system software features
- In Party, you can now enjoy Share Play with players on PS5 consoles.
- In Messages, you can now turn notifications on or off for each of the groups you’re in. On the group screen, open the options menu and select Turn Notifications Off.
Other updated features
- On the game session details screen, you can now use the Request to Join button to ask the session leader to join their game session. The session leader can then send you an invite to join the game session.
When playing a game you’ve hidden, other players will no longer see that you’re currently playing that game.
We’ve updated the file format for extended storage.
- When you connect an extended storage device, its file format will be updated.
After that, you won’t be able to use the device on a PS4 that has a previous version of the system software.
- The Communities feature is no longer available.
Let us know if you have noticed any other hidden changes after installing this new firmware update in the comments below.