PS4 Update 8.50 - Patch Notes, New Features, Download Size

R.I.P PlayStation Communities

April 14, 2021

The PS4 has received a brand new update, the console now runs on version 8.50. There’s some new features implemented in the update, but also the removal of the popular Communities feature.

The latest PlayStation 4 update enables cross-generation Share Play, meaning that those on a PlayStation 5 Console can share play their games with friends on PlayStation 4. In short, this means it is now possible to play PS5 games on a PS4.

The PlayStation 4 wasn’t the only Sony console to receive a big update. The PlayStation 5 has just received its first major update since its release. You can read more about it at the link below.

  • MORE: PlayStation 5 Update April 14

PlayStation 4 – Download Size

The download size for the PlayStation 4 8.50 patch is rather small, and shouldn’t take long to download and install.

The total size of the PS4 8.50 Update is 481MB.

PlayStation 4 – 8.50 Patch Notes

Main Features in This System Software Beta

  • In messages, you can now turn notifications on/off for each of the groups you’re in. On the group screen, open the options menu and select “Turn Notifications Off”.

Other Updates Features

  • On the game session screen, you can now use the “Request to Join” button to ask the session leader to join their game. The session leader can then send you an invite to join the game session.
  • When playing a game you’ve hidden, other players will no longer see you play it.
  • Communities are no longer available.
  • Cross-generation Share Play. 
    • PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa. Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together.
  • Request to Join Game Session. 
    • A selection of your friends’ joinable game sessions will now appear on both PS5 and PS4 consoles, allowing for more gameplay opportunities together. The “Request to Join” option also serves as a shortcut to sending a game invite, reducing the time it takes for you to get into games with friends. Through the Privacy Settings menu, you can modify who can interact with you through parties, games and messages.

How To Download PlayStation 4 8.50

Your PlayStation 4 console should automatically begin to download the new update, assuming that it’s connected to a working internet connection.

There is another way to download the update if you’re having troubles.

You can download the update from the official PlayStation website using a PC or laptop, and copy the download to a USB stick. Then, put the USB stick into your PlayStation 4 and install it that way.

Kyle Knight

Kyle (He/Him) is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He's a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!

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