Sony is getting ready to unleash a huge new PS4 system update packed with must-have features.
But before the PlayStation 4 system update goes public, Sony is asking fans to test the patch as part of the Preview Program.
The main improvements will be made to the Party function, as Sony increases party size from eight users to 16, improves audio quality for voice chat and beefs up network connectivity.
The only drawback is that participants of the Preview Program won’t be able to join the same Party or use Share Play with anybody who hasn’t signed up to test the new features.
“However, the preview code we’ll be providing can be redeemed by 20 different qualifying accounts, so share the code with your friends and try out the new Party updates together!” Sony adds.
US PlayStation 4 owners will also be able to test an innovative new transcript feature as part of the update.
Sony explains more: “In addition, US testers will have early access to the chat transcription feature that will be available through Party and the PS4 Second Screen app.
“By using this feature, you can convert Party voice chat to text on your Second Screen app, or enter text into your app which will be read aloud to other Party members. This feature will only be available in the US, and only in English.”
PS4 owners will be able to check out the new features early by signing up on the PlayStation website. Sign ups start soon.
Sony has made multiple changes to the PS4 in recent weeks, and is rumoured to be making many more.
PS4 update 6.70 launched just last week, although it didn’t make any significant improvements.
According to PS4 update 6.70 patch notes, the PlayStation patch improves system performance and stability.
But according to a recent leak, the next major PS4 numbered update will give users the ability to gift games from the PS Store.
Trophy progression is also rumoured to be coming to the PS4, as well as the ability to pin games on the dashboard.
The latter is useful if you don’t use folders, but want your games in a particular order.
Another rumoured new feature is the ability to track time and stats for each game.
The timelog and stats function will lets users see how long they’ve spent playing individual games and more.
Presumably these functions would also be available for PS5 users when the console launches next year.