The PlayStation 4 firmware update 8.00 has possibly received the strongest negative reaction to a Sony console patch ever. Fans are not happy with the new, convoluted way of starting a party to chat with their friends. However, it doesn’t look like functionality will change in any noteworthy way on PlayStation 5 – at least in terms of how it works. As part of yesterday’s UI reveal, Sid Shuman went into how to share the images you capture with parties very similar to the news groups we are currently having to come to terms with.
Towards the end of the demonstration, Sid shares a Destruction AllStars recording with some friends. He picks a group called Nifty Voyagers that has already had a discussion through the headphone icon to the right of the group̵
Sid Shuman even confirms this with the quote: “Remember, parties are now bigger than just voice chat.” It is an uncomfortable situation as this new system has many advantages if They have a dedicated friendship group that you will play your PS4 and PS5 games with. It acts like a Discord channel as everything happens in one place. But once someone else wants to join the team, it becomes a lot more difficult. PS4 users have also found that adding new players to your newsgroup allows the newbie to see all of your chat history. That’s not good, is it?