PS4 Firmware Update 8.50 PlayStation 4 1

Check your emails: you may have an invite for the next major PlayStation 4 beta. According to MP1st, Sony is sending out codes for a system software update planned to publicly release some time in the Spring. With the PS5 already available, this is less fully-fledged than previous PS4 firmware updates – although it does include some worthwhile quality of life tweaks.

For example, you’ll now be able to turn off message notifications for groups you’re part of, and request to join friends’ games. Furthermore, if you’ve “hidden” a game from your profile, your friends will no longer be able to see that you’re playing it. This is something we could have done with earlier in the generation, to be honest, as some review embargoes stipulate we must appear offline.

Perhaps the biggest change is the removal of the Communities feature, which is being discontinued. There are no alterations to the controversial new Party system, although Sony did admit that it was exploring improvements following some robust feedback last year. Did you get a beta invite? Are you going to try this out? Let us know in the comments section below.