It's that time again, friends! Sony's been busy, that new system software update smell permeates the air, and the PlayStation 4 has received its next big software update in the form of system software 7.00. Sony always aims to make each iteration of the updates big as they increase in number, with a number of huge features being introduced in previous ones. System Software Update 7.00 went through a beta testing phase for a little while there, and looking at the features added, it's clear why. This update is a double threat, focusing entirely on two areas of the PlayStation experience: Multiplayer and Remote Play. For those who don't particularly use either, there won't be much here for you. Curious about the changes, however? Then read onward.

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First and foremost: Parties. We all know them, and everyone either loves them or hates them. The music's too loud, and you probably just want to go home. Fortunately, parties on the PS4 have always been a much better time, and this update looks to improve them further than they already have been. To start with, the max number of party users is now a whopping 16, rather than the 8 it was prior. Network connectivity and audio quality have both been improved, leading to a smoother playing AND sounding experience overall for you. Lastly, US users only can enjoy a new Chat Transcription feature for parties. This feature transcribes what's said during a party chat into text form, or vice versa, via your PS4 Second Screen app. Not bad at all! That brings us to the next big focus of the update: Remote Play. For a while now, PS4 Remote Play has been compatible with a number of devices, but curiously, not Android. That all changes with this update, which adds Remote Play support for all Android smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher. If you're itching to play with a DualShock, this update also includes Bluetooth support for Remote Play on Android and Apple devices.

Sadly, it wasn't all good news to come alongside this update. Seemingly out of nowhere, Sony has revealed that they're pulling back Facebook integration from the PlayStation 4 entirely. This means no more sharing game screenshots and video clips to the platform, no friend suggestions based on it, and no usage of your FB profile picture for your PSN avatar. This may seem a little surprising, especially since there's an entire button dedicated to social network sharing on the DualShock 4 (R.I.P. Select button). For those who've been keeping up with the social networking giant, however, it may not come as a shock. Last year, Facebook revealed new restrictions they were placing on third-party companies, in terms of how much access they have to Facebook personal data. Two of the named companies involved were plot twist, Sony and Microsoft. This had led to them being able to access FB data even when certain integrations had been shut down; an accidental bug, to be sure, but a risky one nonetheless. It'll be sad to see the feature go; it was a cool way to share some great moments from a variety of games.

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In any case, the 7.00 update is live now for PlayStation 4 owners, so if you haven't downloaded it yet, it should be waiting for you the next time you boot up your console. Want to read the full overview from Sony themselves? That's right, you guessed it: You can check that out on the PlayStation Blog. Even with the sacrifice of Facebook integration, it will be nice seeing the other features expanded the way they've been. Remote Play, in particular, has come a long way since its inception, now offering a huge variety of ways to remotely play PlayStation 4 titles on mobile devices. Keep in mind that this feature works better, and smoother, when using a wired Internet connection via LAN cable, as is always the case with online connectivity. This software update will serve as one of the last few big ones for the PlayStation 4, counting down the days as we slowly hurtle towards the PS5. Dun dun dunnn.

Tanner
Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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