Sony has released firmware update 8.00, which made major changes to the party and message systems. It also added new free avatars, simplified parental controls and enhanced two-step authentication that allows the use of apps. However, many users reported issues after installing the update, including one that blocked users from seeing their friends list. PSN was also down for some time after this update, but has since been restored.
Party and message functions are now more closely linked together, and you’ll be able to use the same groups of players for party voice chats and message exchanges, instead of having different groups set up on two apps. This will be a cross-get feature, so PS5 owners can still send messages to PS4 groups. Although Sony did state that parties could now be recorded, but it won’t be Sony that records you. Other players can though.
The new avatars allowing players to customize them with assets from Bloodborne, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, The Last of US Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and more.
The new two-step verification allows for third-party authenticator apps to be used when signing in across PS4, mobile and web. This means you no longer need to rely on SMS for 2FA, instead letting you add PSN to an app like Google Authenticator.
Some features from the PS4 have also been removed. Players will no longer be able to create Events or access existing Events created by other users once it has been installed. The ability to create private communities under the Community app on PS4 is also being removed. However, users who currently have Community groups will still be able to access them.
Lastly, there is now an option to connect a PS5 console using the Remote Play App on mobile and PC, before the consoles launch on November 12th.