The update is now rolling out to all users globally.
The PS4’s latest patch is now rolling out to users and features some changes to the party system including updated avatars and parental controls. Some of these changes will also reflect on the PS5, which is scheduled to release next month.
Party and Messages are now tightly linked, which you will see through the UI. It will allow you to message the same group of players for Party voice chats and even exchange messages instead of having different ones across each app. You will also have the ability to mute all microphones at once, accessible through the Quick Menu.
New Avatars is included as part of the new update that you can use on your profile. The avatars include some from recent PS4 hits like Bloodborne, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and many more.
Under the Parental Control setting, the update will merge the ‘Communicating with Other Players’ and ‘Viewing Content Created by other Players’ options into one setting called ‘Communication and User Generated Content’. It was done to make parents easily understand the controls and apply them to their children using the PS4. Children can also send a request to their parents to enable communications features on certain games, which the parent can immediately approve.
2-Step Verification has also been updated so you can use third-party authenticator apps instead of just using SMS. This change will be reflected not just on the console but also on mobile and on the web.
The update will also remove the ability to create Communities and Events or access existing Events made by other users.
Lastly, the PS4 Remote Play app available on Android, iOS, PC, and Mac will be renamed to PS Remote Play in preparation for the PS5’s release which of course will be compatible with the app.