Sony Releases PS4 System Software Update 8.00

Better Late Than Never

As we edge closer to the release of the PlayStation 5, Sony would like to remind us that this generation still has a lot of life left in it. Launching today is the PlayStation 4’s system software update 8.00, which looks to address a number of issues. Sony has detailed the full list of changes in an official blog post.

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Alterations to the way in which messages and parties operate with each other have been made, as well as simplified parental controls, avatar additions, quality of life improvements, and more. Sid ShumanSenior Director, SIE Content Communications, specified the following:

Updates to Party and Messages

Following this update, Party and Messages will be more tightly linked together and you will see changes to the UI. Both apps will now use the same ‘Groups’ of players for Party voice chats and message exchanges, instead of having different groups setup across the two apps. So now you can start a Party chat or send a message to the group you’ve previously chatted with across PS4, as well as PS5 when it launches.

Simplified and more flexible Parental Controls

Under Parental Controls, we’re combining the ‘Communicating with Other Players’ and ‘Viewing Content Created by other Players’ into one setting – ‘Communication and User Generated Content’-  to cover both areas of communication and UGC sharing. This offers a simpler setting that’s easier for parents to understand and apply to their children.

 In addition, children can send a request to their parents to use communications features in specific games. When a child sends this request, the parent will receive an email notification and can choose to make an exception for that game and allow the child to use its communications and UGC features. This will provide more flexibility to both parents and children.

Updates to Remote Play App on Mobile and PC

At the same time as 8.00, the existing PS4 Remote Play app on mobile (iOS/Android), Windows PC and Mac, will change its name to PS Remote Play, and the option to connect to PS5 will be added. You’ll need to sign in to PSN from your PS5 to be able to access the feature, so sit tight until PS5 launches this November!

PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility

It was noted as a reminder that a wired connection via LAN cable is recommended when downloading this update.

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