Sony has started sending out invites for PS4 Firmware Update 7.00. Each invite allows you to invite 20 friends to also use the new firmware update and that’s due to the fact that there’s big changes to the way that the party system works (and you won’t be able to party with people that aren’t using 7.0).
Basically, you’ll be able to party with 16 people instead of the regular eight. It’s unclear what else is changing in this regard, but it’s definitely a nice improvement over the old limit.
You’ll also be able to change the HDR settings right in the PS4 menu, which is something that has been sorely missing since HDR was introduced two years ago. This menu that you’ll be able to fine tune HDR settings for the system menu rather than on a game-by-game by basis.
Sony is also changing the way that updates will roll out going forward. From 7.00 onwards, your PS4 won’t need to restart after every update, which is fantastic news. Obviously, major updates will probably still need to restart your console.
SONY’S STATEMENT ON PS4 FIRMWARE UPDATE 7.00
Be one of the first players to try out the new PS4™ Party update, as part of the PlayStation® Beta experience. Play, chat and connect with even more friends online, as we’re boosting Party sessions from eight to 16 players – this brand-new feature is due to release in System Software Update 7.00.
Performance for system updates is also being improved, meaning your PS4™ won’t always need to restart after every update. Going forwards, select system software updates will automatically be installed after download if the [System Software Update Files] setting is switched on, found under:
[Settings] > [System] > [Auto Downloads]
If you participate in this Beta trial, you won’t be able to join the same Party or use Share Play with others who aren’t also participating in the trial. Once you’ve opted in to the trial, Parties that you’re able to join will have an asterisk (*) in front of the Party name.