PlayStation 4 has a new firmware update: version 8.00

Sony has released a new firmware update for PlayStation 4, which is version number 8.00. Sony’s official changelog talks about lots of new features for the group system, messages, avatars, parental controls, and removing the ability to create events.

After upgrading to version 8.00 on PlayStation 4, messaging and group systems will be much more interconnected, as you can message and invite users to group chat from the same group of players. You won’t need more than two different groups for both features to work properly, and that will carry over to the upcoming PlayStation 5 as well.

The pre-designed avatars are also getting a facelift with new images to choose from. They include profile photos from major PlayStation 4 games such as Bloodborne, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us: Part II, The Last of Us Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

PlayStation 4 8.00 now available for download

In addition, in the quick menu there is a new option to instantly mute all microphones. 2-step verification has also been improved with support for third-party authenticator apps.

After downloading this patch, the Events tab on the PS4 home screen appears to have been removed completely. Thus, you will no longer be able to create new events, nor access those that already exist. The same goes for private communities, which are no longer accessible. If you already have one installed and working, you can still access it.

Finally, the Remote Play app on mobile phones and PC adds the ability to connect to a PlayStation 5. This, of course, can be operated from November 19, 2020.


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