The lights are on
The PlayStation 4 is getting two enhancements to its social profile when the system arrives later this year. If you’ve ever lamented the absence of party chat or have hit your friends list cap, there’s some good news.
In a new PlayStation Access video produced by Sony’s European team, the company answers ten new questions from fans. Not only will the PlayStation 4 offer party chat, but Sony has confirmed that it, free-to-play games, and media services like Netflix will not be behind the PlayStation Plus paywall.
As was quietly revealed at E3, multiplayer gaming will now be subscription based, just like on Xbox Live. Additionally, both Microsoft and Sony are upping the friend list size in the next generation. Sony’s video confirms 2,000 friends, while Microsoft offers up 1,000 comrades on the Xbox One.
Our TakeIt’s great that both Microsoft and Sony are increasing the size of the friends lists. For me, there is no difference between the two. I won’t ever fill up my list on Xbox One with 1,000 people (and never even hit the 100-friend cap on Xbox 360). The PlayStation 4’s 2,000 friend list, while double, is going to be a negligible difference for many gamers.
The introduction of party chat for the PS4, on the other hand, is very big news. Party chat on Xbox Live is invaluable for coordinating with friends before playing and quick conversations while online. It’s a feature that PlayStation 3 owners have been asking for, and it’s great that it will be available on the new console.
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It's nice that PS is finally catching up to XBL's online! Though 1,000 and 2,000 friends are more than I have in life and online combined, I guess it's nice for those who want constant notifications every second when a friend pops online or boots up a game.
It is nice to not worry about running out of space because I actually have on 360, but 2000 is a number I will likely never even come close to.
At 2:01 in the video "You can customize the layout" hopefully that means we can keep it clean and small.
I really want to see the option to change our online name. I don't want to create another account and start over on trophies. When I created my username I was on the PSP and completely ignorant of online gaming (nor did i ever use it) and knew nothing about video games. You know the times where you enjoyed any game you played cause you knew nothing about video games that can alter your experience.
So my user name is really bad and i just want to cut it in half. right now its blaxarbush and I just want blaxar. I'll even pay as much as $5 to change my name on there.
Now me and my 2,000 friends can play online at the same time.
I have like 20 friends -.-
now, how many people will party chatrooms have?
ok, ok, ok... well, what about for those of us who what to change our PSN id (yet still retain our ps+ subscription)? Can we do that?
Party chat not behind a paywall and can still game f2p games? Very Nice. I'm a plus member but for those who can't or undecided this is great news overall.
2000 friends?! I have 8.
I don't know who adds that many people. I mean do you ever play with all of them? I have about 10 friends and only play with 2 every once in awhile. But I guess somebody thinks they have 2000 friends.
Looks like I'm going to have to start making friends.
I'm loving the PS4 offering more and more.
2000 friends is a little overkill. Why would you want to have 2000 friends?
I don't even have 1000 friends. lol
I think it was obvious that you can keep your current PSN ID, but I think a better question would be "Can I change my GamerTag while keeping all my current information like trophies?"
about damn time...thanks...