PS4 Beta update 8.50 Adds The Ability To Turn Group Notifications Off, Removes PlayStation Communities

Sony’s next big update for PS4 consoles has arrived for beta testers, which will bring with it a number of quality of life improvements and the removal of PlayStation Communities. As reported by MP1st, the PS4 beta update 8.50 adds options to turn on or off notifications for each group that you are in.

When players are in a game session screen they can also use the Request to Join button that sends a notification to the session leader. When playing a game that you’ve hidden, other players will no longer see you play it.

The PlayStation Communities app on smartphones was shut down back in March 2020, and the latest firmware looks set to kill the social feature off entirely when it arrives. No reason why was given, but with the rise of gaming social spaces such as Discord, a lack of activity in PlayStation Communities could be a likely factor.

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