PS4 PlayStation 4 Firmware Update 8.50

It's all go today! Not only has PlayStation 5 just received a massive update, Sony's also updated PS4 with a new firmware update. The last-gen console can now be updated to system software version 8.50, with the patch available to download and install right now.

It weighs in at 481.7MB, so it shouldn't take you too long to get up to date. You'll need to if you want to sign in and play online — it's a mandatory update. So, what does it do? Well, actually a fair bit. Here are the patch notes:

Main features in the system software update

  • In Party, you can now enjoy Share Play with players on PS5.
  • In Messages, you can now turn notifications on or off for each of the groups you're in. On the group screen, open the options menu and select Turn Notifications Off.

Other updated features

  • On the game session details screen, you can now use the Request to Join button to ask the session leader to join their game session. The session leader can then send you an invite to join the game session.
  • When playing a game you've hidden, other players will no longer see that you're currently playing that game.
  • We've updated the file format for extended storage.
    • When you connect an extended storage device, its file format will be updated.
    • After that, you won't be able to use the device on a PS4 that has a previous version of the system software.
  • Communities is no longer available.

So, there you have it. Some compatibility updates mean you'll be able to use Share Play with PS5 players, and you have more control over message groups and game sessions. And, as previously reported, the Communities feature is no more.

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