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Submitted by Abriael 177d ago | news

PS4 1.71 Firmware Update Implements 16 Player Party Chat

Looks like the PS4 firmware update 1.71 just released by Sony Computer Entertainment included an rather relevant undocumented feature. (PS4)

Update Update: looks like you can invite up to 16 players, but the actual party chat is still limited to 8. The article has been amended to reflect this.

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TIER1xWOLFPACKx  +   177d ago
That was actually there before 1.71
Abriael  +   177d ago
No it wasn't. It was just 8 yesterday.
TIER1xWOLFPACKx  +   177d ago
It's said 16 on mine since update 1.7 came out over a month ago. I was talking about on party chat to friends about it a week or so ago and we couldnt figure why it said 16 when you could only have 8.

Also if you have a party chat open at the top of the screen it still says you can only have 8 even if you try to invite 16
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Ballsack   177d ago | Trolling | show
Lukas_Japonicus  +   177d ago
@ballsack

Both consoles are lacking features 6 months in that their predecessors had, it's not just Sony.
Bennibop  +   177d ago
@ballsack Microsoft added features ps4 already had.
snookiegamer   177d ago | Off topic | show
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dericb11   177d ago | Trolling | show
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Kribwalker  +   177d ago
Apparently it's nowhere to be found, just like the. PS4 16 player party chat
Sevir  +   177d ago
@gamertk Last I checked there was 2-3 million more on PS4 than XBO. And you'd be surprised at much party chat is used on PS4.
JMyers  +   177d ago
@Ballsack...

Because MS has more updating to do with their UI and dashboard. That's obvious. More so now wthout Kinect.
darren_poolies  +   177d ago
@Ballsack

PS3 didn't have cross game party chat.
Lukas_Japonicus  +   177d ago
Lol, damn. 8 player party chat was too much at times on the 360, with everyone having separate conversations with each other. 16 would be mayhem at times, lol.

Would be great for games with large player counts though.
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CBaoth  +   177d ago
EDIT: nvm, just saw the article's update and realised my point was null and void
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Ace Killa 08  +   177d ago
Planet Side 2, BF4 are just a few games that can benefit from this feature.

And you are right, it will be mayhem no matter what the subject(s) are. lol
CRASHBASHUK  +   177d ago
oh k so you can do 16 invites but when you go to the party chat and look top of the screen it says 8 players max
Baccra17  +   177d ago
Rather have video codecs honestly.
Deadpoolio  +   177d ago
Well you'll just have to watch your stolen movies another way....Try the PC, where you download them from
Ares84HU  +   177d ago
Another useless update. Why don't they give us what we request constantly instead of these stupid things? 16 player party chat, who the hell cares??

Give me MP3 playback, the ability to play video files via usb or external HDD, ability to see when friends sign on and off. Custom themes/wallpapers. Ability to organize that looooooooooooooong bar. The ability to delete things that I will never use, example: amazon instant video, hulu and so on.

And most of all give me backwards compatibility. I know it can be done and whoever believes it can't is an idiot and just fooling themselves.
TIER1xWOLFPACKx  +   177d ago
You can delete the video apps like Amazon instant video can be deleted
kingPoS  +   177d ago
Uhh... hardware BC for ps3 games ain't coming anytime soon. It's not even physically possible with the PS4's CPU. I do however miss the gobs of functionality the PS3 has over the PS4.

Gateway MT6706 2008
DaCandyman  +   177d ago
I thought they said that the ability to see when friends login would come in this update.
Tru_Blu  +   176d ago
That would be mayhem with up to 2000 friends. I got to 100 on PS3 and it was non stop that people were getting on-off.
Nine_Thousaaandd  +   177d ago
Nice...I usually get up to 10-12 of my friends and co-workers that wanna group at once...I welcome 16 party update!

I agree, Sony updates are slow, but Microsoft is updating what Sony has already to my understanding. All I know, is updates are great from both sides. Curious...the PS4 lacking so much from the start, did this help them also to keep the price down on PS4 at launch, and maybe they are waiting to reduce overhead cost of parts due to GDDR5 and other stuff inside PS4. So maybe they are playing the waiting game to save cost much as possible. Then add in more goodies when they reduce the cost inside PS4.

I dunno, just saying...hell I don't even know if it cost Microsoft and Sony a lot of money to add updates...but I'm happy to see updates coming at least, thanks Sony!
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sibbor  +   177d ago
Thanks Sony! Good bug fixes. Glad that cloud storage save bug is a thing of the past.
MAULxx  +   177d ago
Indeed! That cloud storage save error was annoying.
XiSasukeUchiha  +   177d ago
Thank Sony for 16 people party Chat nothing like 32 People party chat but still thank you :)

@Bub16

Must be a giant pain in the a**.
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bub16  +   177d ago
Have you heard 32 people talking at once
AceBlazer13  +   177d ago
Cool getting a feature we didn't have 6 months ago.
jegheist2014  +   177d ago
it took sony 4 plus years implement ps3 features u expect them to prot over ps3 featurs to ps4.

immeidately ok ps3 never had cross chat ps4 is kind of got it why would u want ps3 features on ps4 ps4 is its own system unique.

if u want those features on ps4 go buy ps3 i want each console to be its unique individual im huge sony fan no disrespect but i wanti nnovative and new not port over stuff.

we r inext gen people always wanting whats in past look into future people futre is now yesterday is yesterday let ps4 and sony bring what they want on it in next 3-4 years it be worth it trust me on this people with any new console noone gives u all candy at once only in small increments.

life tells u u give fanbase inch theyll take city thats exactly what yall sound like demand demand demand you want ps3 features go hook up your ps3.

i own ps4 ps3 and ps3 each one them is it own unique baby by sony therel iek sons to me if each son was all same to same to me i go pennial real quick i wouldnt knows who personality was which they be tri twins triplets it be nasty hangover not worth dealing with next morning
Sadist3  +   177d ago
So this was the big update? That's it? Who the hell wants to talk while 16 people are all yapping at one time?
Killzoner99  +   176d ago
Sony is piling on the features. Can't wait to see what they have up their sleeve at E3.
REDGUM  +   176d ago
Of all the updates to be released they release this? Don't get me wrong I'm sure this is great for ps4 users unlike myself. Why you may ask? I'm waiting on a patch/update that'll let me play my damn 3D movies. I think this is ridiculous that it wasn't inc in the beginning let alone to this date! I just don't get it. I'm sure there are more like me who have not upgraded to ps4 for this reason! Its a entertainment unit that only 85% entertains. One small patch Sony and I'm guessing at a few more thousand units sold I'm sure of it.
For now, I'll stick to ps3 with all the functionality that I need.
I'm waiting sony!!!!
I promise to upgrade once you release the patch!!!
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