PlayStation 4 8.50 Update: Goodbye PlayStation Communities
Say goodbye to the PlayStation Communities with the PlayStation 4 8.50 update.
Sony’s most recent update for PS4 consoles is currently available for beta-testers – which will bring a bunch of quality-of-life improvements and the removal of PlayStation Communities.
This news comes from a report from MP1st, stating that the PlayStation 8.50 update adds the ability to turn on or off notifications for each group that you are in.
When players are in a game session screen they can also use the Request to Join button that sends a notification to the session leader. When playing a game that you’ve hidden, other players will no longer see you play it.
An End Of An Era.
The PlayStation Communities app on smartphones was shut down back in March 2020, and the latest firmware updates look to demolish the social feature entirely when it comes into effect when this update drops to the masses.
No specific reason was given for this, however, the rise of streaming sites and social platforms such as Discord, and the lack of activity on Playstation Communities could be all contributing factors.
In an update back in October last year, the firmware 8.0 update added enhanced two-factor verification, new avatars, and fixing some stability issues.
The Parental controls were also simplified, while features such as the ability to create Events or access existing Events created by other users were removed alongside the option to start private communities. This is a clear transition to the Discord-esc way of doing things.
Finally up until recently, not only are PlayStation Communities being scrapped, soon you will not be able to rent or purchase movies on the PlayStation store. from August 31st, 2021. The rise of streaming services over this last year will be the sole reason for the death of this service.
What do you think about this most recent update? Are you saddened to see PlayStation Communities being scrapped? Let us know in the comments.