PS4 Communities Characteristic is Formally Shutting Down in April

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The writing has been on the wall for the PS4 Communities function for a while now. Sony removed the app that supported the function final yr earlier than it later rolled out the brand new all-in-one PlayStation app alongside the PS5 which didn’t embrace any Communities options. Then the PS4 firmware replace 8.50 beta patch notes made point out of PS4 Communities being eliminated. By way of emails being despatched out to customers, Sony has now formally confirmed that PS4 Communities will likely be going away in April 2021, probably with the total launch of PS4 firmware replace 8.50.

PlayStation Communities is a social side of the PS4 console the place gamers can type social teams round varied subjects (there’s even a rarely-used PSLS group), which permits for messaging and assembly different gamers. The notification e-mail from Sony was brief and candy, merely letting gamers know that the Communities function could be dissolved:

Thanks for utilizing the Communities function in your PlayStation four console. Starting in April 2021, this function will not be supported or obtainable in your PS4 console.

Nonetheless, you’ll nonetheless have the ability to keep related and luxuriate in messaging options and extra in your PS4  console and PlayStation App.

The textual content of the e-mail doesn’t give any indication what day in April the function elimination will occur, so it may happen as early as April 1st. Whether or not or not this comes with PS4 firmware replace 8.50 is but unknown, however given the trail notes from the beta and timing of the announcement, it’s doubtless we’ll get the system software program replace on the similar time.

For reference, right here’s all the things coming with PS4 firmware replace 8.50:

MAIN FEATURES IN THIS SYSTEM SOFTWARE BETA

  • In messages, now you can flip notifications on/off for every of the teams you’re in. On the group display, open then choices menu and choose “Flip Notifications Off”.

OTHER UPDATES FEATURES

  • On the sport session display, now you can use the “Request to Be a part of” button to ask the session chief to hitch their sport. The session chief can then ship you an invitation to hitch the sport session.
  • When enjoying a sport you’ve hidden, different gamers will not see you play it.
  • Communities are not obtainable.

Did you ever use the PS4 Communities function? Are you unhappy that it’s going away? Tell us within the feedback method down beneath.

[h/t: Siliconera]

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