After many years and countless users, Sony have announced the end for the PS4 Communities feature. Starting in April 2021, the application will be no longer be available for console users. It is thought this will coincide with various other changes brought by system update 8.50.
Launched in 2015, PS4 Communities allowed users to share content and messages in a global Discord-like platform. Now, Sony have released the above short statement which heralds the end. Its quite a sudden change given we only have a couple of weeks till the end of March. There will still be options available for people to connect and communicate, however, just not this one. The news has come as a shock to some, particularly as there are still thousands of active communities today. In fact, in the past few hours, a handful of petitions have been set up which ask Sony to reconsider their decision. The organisers emphasise the importance of the global connection PS4 Communities provided. This is even more vital now as people are more isolated during Covid-19.
There were hints of the end for PS4 Communities at the beginning of the month, however. It was reported that a beta test for system update 8.50 did not support the application. It would appear that change will continue into the wide spread official update shortly. The new system also adds other options such as an on/off toggle for specific group message notifications, plus changes to Party and Messages features, parental controls, and a few other things. No specific release date has been announced just yet, but it’s likely to be sometime next month.
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