Sony have released system software 8.00 for PlayStation 4, making a bunch of relatively minor changes that are (we presume) intended to line up with whatever they have planned for the PlayStation 5.
Unfortunately, this has broken the friends list, and if you try to see who else is online you’ll see the WS-44369-6 error code. Hopefully this can be resolved by Sony this afternoon.
Update: Friends list now seems to work, hurrah!
But back to what update 8.00 does. In particular they’re linking Party and Messages much more closely, so a group message chat has an associated party chat that you can hop into. Great for if you have a regular group you play a particular game with.
However, they’re also cutting features. You will no longer be able to create or access Events, and they’re stopping you from creating any more private Communities, though you’ll be able to access existing ones. Are these features being sidelined for the PS5? More likely they’re being redesigned.
New avatars are being made available for you to select for your profile, including 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 update also enhances the options you have for account security, adding 2-Step Verification (2SV) that lets you use third party authenticator apps to sign-in across PS4, mobile and web browsers. This will exist alongside the current 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) system which pings you a quick text message.
Parental Controls see ‘Communicating with Other Players’ and ‘Viewing Content Created by other Players’ combined into one setting – ‘Communication and User Generated Content’. This covers both areas of communication and UGC sharing. Kids will be able to request access from their parents, who will receive email notifications and can make exceptions to a rule.
And finally, the Remote Play App for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac has been updated to enable connection to a PlayStation 5. You’ll have to sign into PSN on a PS5 for the option to appear, though.
Source: PS Blog