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Sony addresses recent PS4 party changes in the 8.0 update

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Sony says it's looking into feedback regarding the recent changes made to the parties system on PS4. 

The changes came in the PS4 8.00 update that launched last week, and introduced a host of changes to the existing party and messaging features. Shortly after the update went live, players were already reporting a variety of different error codes, and many were particularly unhappy about the changes to the altered party system. Sony posted a tweet saying it's looking into the feedback, and we'll keep everyone posted on any developments. 

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In the PlayStation blog post outlining the key features in the 8.0 update, it detailed the UI changes brought in that tie together Party and Messages. So now "both apps use the same groups of players for party voice chats and message exchanges." What this essentially means is that instead of inviting someone to a party as you used to, you create a message group to invite someone to join your party. 

There was also some concern surrounding the nature of recording voice chat. The new voice chat feature is set to come to PS5, allowing players to record their voice chat in order to report another player for inappropriate behaviour. There was initially some confusion about whether this would be a privacy issue when players on PS4 were seeing notifications about voice chats being recorded. Sony later addressed concerns and gave more clarification in an update to the 8.0 blog post (opens in new tab)

"Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded," the post states. "Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review. The pop up you're seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know when you participate in a chat with a PS5 user (post-launch), they may submit recordings from their PS5 console to SIE." 

We don't know how Sony will be addressing the feedback just yet, but with a promise of keeping us posted in the tweet, more information is sure to come soon.

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Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.