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.


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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TIER1xWOLFPACKx1508d ago

That was actually there before 1.71

Abriael1508d ago

No it wasn't. It was just 8 yesterday.

TIER1xWOLFPACKx1508d ago (Edited 1508d 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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GarrusVakarian1508d ago


Both consoles are lacking features 6 months in that their predecessors had, it's not just Sony.

Bennibop1508d ago

@ballsack Microsoft added features ps4 already had.

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Kribwalker1508d ago

Apparently it's nowhere to be found, just like the. PS4 16 player party chat

Sevir1508d 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.

JMyers1507d ago


Because MS has more updating to do with their UI and dashboard. That's obvious. More so now wthout Kinect.

darren_poolies1507d ago


PS3 didn't have cross game party chat.

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GarrusVakarian1508d ago (Edited 1508d 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.

CBaoth1508d ago (Edited 1508d ago )

EDIT: nvm, just saw the article's update and realised my point was null and void

Ace Killa 081508d 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


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

Baccra171508d ago

Rather have video codecs honestly.

Deadpoolio1507d ago

Well you'll just have to watch your stolen movies another way....Try the PC, where you download them from

Ares84HU1508d 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.

TIER1xWOLFPACKx1508d ago

You can delete the video apps like Amazon instant video can be deleted

kingPoS1508d 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

DaCandyman1508d ago

I thought they said that the ability to see when friends login would come in this update.

Tru_Blu1507d 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.

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