In light of the outcry, Sony has announced on Twitter that it is looking into the negative feedback received about the party chat changes. The tweet mentions that it will keep players posted, which suggests that changes or clarifications may be on the way.
Hey folks – just wanted to let you know that we’re looking into your feedback on the recent changes to Parties on PS4.
Thanks for speaking up – we’ll keep you posted
(@PlayStation) October 17, 2020
For all of the details on the 8.00 update, check out this article which runs through all of the major features introduced in the latest patch, including free avatars from PS4 exclusive games. Sony recently clarified its position on another controversial facet of the 8.00 update, which allows players to record voice chat clips and send them to moderators to report online abuse and harassment. In a statement from SIE’s VP of Global Consumer Experience Catherine Jensen, Sony clarified that the feature “will not actively monitor or listen in on your conversations.”
It seems that these changes will only affect PS4, as a breakdown of the PlayStation 5 UI showed a more streamlined chat system than the current -gen console offers. We called the smoother friend interactions one of the five biggest gamechangers in the PS5 UI.
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