If you want to get your hands on the newest upcoming PlayStation 4 features before everyone else, you might want to check your inbox this morning. Sony is currently sending out invites for its PS4 firmware update 7.00 beta.
We’re often used to poking fun at Sony’s incremental firmware updates and their promises of improved system performance and software stability though 7.00 comes tagged with something a little more worthwhile for PSN users. You’ll now be able to host and join parties of up to 16 players, 7.00 also enhancing voice chat quality according to early reports.
Here’s the official breakdown via Sony:
Be one of the first players to try out the new PS4™ Party update, as part of the PlayStation® Beta experience. Play, chat and connect with even more friends online, as we’re boosting Party sessions from eight to 16 players – this brand-new feature is due to release in System Software Update 7.00.
Performance for system updates is also being improved, meaning your PS4™ won’t always need to restart after every update.
If you’re trawling through your inbox for an invite and coming up empty, you may still be in luck. Each voucher code for the beta has 20 uses, meaning you can redeem it yourself before passing it onto 19 friends. It makes sense really as Sony is no doubt keen to get feedback on its larger, 16 player parties.
We happen to have a code on hand. You can redeem the following code by visiting the PlayStation Store (either via console or in your browser) then selecting the [Redeem Code] option:
Sony regularly beta tests firmware updates that house big new features. If you’re interested, there’s a beta sign-up page that will notify you when future tests are happening.
Recent features include the long-awaited arrival of PSN name changes as well as well as custom menus.
IMPORTANT! “If you participate in this Beta trial, you won’t be able to join the same Party or use Share Play with others who aren’t also participating in the trial. Once you’ve opted in to the trial, Parties that you’re able to join will have an asterisk (*) in front of the Party name.”
Thanks to MrYd for clearing that up.
UPDATE: It has been spotted that the update also includes an HDR adjustment option which allows you to specify just how dark the screen can get.