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Join the PlayStation Preview Program for a Chance to Get Early Access to Updated Party Features

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Join the PlayStation Preview Program for a Chance to Get Early Access to Updated Party Features

Featuring 16-player Parties, chat transcription, and improved audio quality.

We are getting ready to test an update to the Party function on PlayStation 4, and can use some help from PS4 owners! Starting today, sign up for a chance to participate in the Preview Program for an advance look at the new Party features.

for a chance to participate in the Preview Program as a PS4 System Software Beta tester*. Once you have joined and are accepted as a tester, you can expect to see the following updates to Party:

  • Increased maximum Party participants from 8 to 16
  • Improved audio quality for voice chat
  • Improved network connectivity

Do note that if you participate in the Preview Program, you won’t be able to join the same Party or use Share Play with others who aren’t participating in the program. 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! Once you participate in the Preview Program, Parties that you’re able to join will have an asterisk (*) in front of the Party name.

In addition, U.S. 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 U.S., and only in English.

Many thanks to everyone who’s already signed up or plans to do so! Your feedback helps us make our feature updates even better.

*Participants must be 18 years or older and residents of the U.S. or Canada.
**Features and changes in a Preview Program are not final, with no fixed release date, and subject to change without notice

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59 Comments

  • DisabledPeanut

    What I’d love more than anything is party volume controls for each person, got one right loud guy and its either completely mute him or have my ear drums burst

  • Wow, Finally, a 16 member Party Chat after 1 decade…
    at least, hope we could get more different features of Party Chats in future Updates! such as Party Volume controls

  • Hustlas_Union

    They should add a lower medium high and very high option on the party

  • Hopefully this will help us from hearing people’s smoke detectors

    • looooool, why is this a thing? i swear like every 20th person i match with in fortnite hasn’t changed their battery. how can people live like that?

  • mschulze01010101

    how about dolby atmos and dolby vision support?

  • Voice Chat Transcription? Nice! (I can’t wait to read what it thinks my friends say. )

    Nice added features y’all.

  • I want to participate because I find it very interesting and I would like to test to see this and as useful as we think

  • WavesOfActivity

    My friends and I have been having issues for the last 6 months or so where we often can’t see existing parties. An invite is required to make the party show up, despite the parties not being private. Not sure if this is a common issue, but it’s extremely frustrating and I’m hoping someone sees this.

    • andymortalkomba1

      Right?! It happens to me whenever I have to reset the PS4 and the party doesn’t display itself anymore.

  • Captain--TenTen

    Smart phones have a mic right? They can connect to the internet right? Why can’t smart phone users just talk through the smart phone and people will hear their voice? Not some robot instead.

    • While this would be a nice additional feature, I’m pretty sure this is meant primarily as an accessibility feature. For both those who have trouble hearing (speech to text), or those who have trouble speaking (text to speech).

      Anything that can help more gamers engage if they couldn’t previously is a welcome addition in my book.

    • andymortalkomba1

      I like your idea as well. I’ve always wanted to have the ability to speak with the party members on my phone if I’m away or something like that.

      Like the ps vita.

  • GaMeR_bOi_83

    Was kinda hoping we can party chat with the PS App but I guess maybe later. None the less hope I get in.

  • RomaTherapy

    Would absolutely love being able to adjust individual’s mic level on my side, instead of spending time with everyone individually to have them adjust it in their end, then it’s too quiet or too loud for someone else.
    Please consider this for next gen if not able to do it this gen

  • thegingerross

    Would it be possible to add an easier way or maybe Combine party chat and Ingame chat? Like I’m talking in a party with my friends and hold a button down on the Controller to talk in the game to my team (not my friends) and I can hear game speak (team speak back) too?

  • willyblack519wil

    Still waiting for the freakn update to just put in my flash drive and copy movies and music like on the ps3, you guys gave 1T 4 what again

  • BabakanooSH-_

    anything else you guys would like to add right before you announce the PS5? -_-

  • snakeeyes211

    Awesome hope I get selected

    • This would be a great experience specially for the people who play Fortnite on Creative, COD Customs and other games so tgey can have i fun time. Hope to get selcted.

  • its a good feature, but i think that people wants its discord support…

  • LEFT__4__DEAD__2

    I would love to be part of party community, also birthday june 10, love play alot of games. :)

  • Finally! I’ve being asking for this feature for a long time. Thanks!

  • rafael_martines

    Improved network D:

  • Zoryu_of_Setsuna

    Lookin’ good.

    One thing I would like to see is a separate volume slider for all party members, and one for in-game and one for Party volume, not the one that is included where you can pick which one you want to hear more of, I would like to be able to independently control either in-game volume, and Party chat volume separately, and don’t do the 5% increment or what ever it’s set to for the volume slider, I like to have complete control of how low it goes to where it’s very silent but you can still hear it.

    Or you can set your own increment for your volume slider or have another option to not have one so you have complete control over it, which I would prefer.

  • I hope that they add the possibility of posting short game videos in chats with friends, instead of on social media for random people

    • I’ve been wanting this since I bought ma PS4 in 2014.This would be the best thing ever lol.I relly like to share stuff and have friends who do as well.

  • grownman284

    How about giving us back video chat?

    • Shows how PS4 went backwards.To this day I still can’t believe PS4 doesn’t do everything PS3 does.

  • buckunit101

    If you are already a beta tester do you have to sign up for this?

  • ERGOPROXY-DECAY

    I never been in more than a 4 player chat room…lol wow 16. Must be a real party in there.

    • Exactly…dunno why even bother with such high number,if everyone has a headset on it’ll be a damn mess where nobody will know who’s saying what lol.Highest I’ve been was 6 for Destiny raids and it was already too much people talking.

  • In all honesty I just want to know why it isn’t possible to use the PS Camera that the majority of PS VR obviously have…to use the party feature and you know…see someone else as in Facetime OR those that have smart phones which is pretty much everyone. Never had the option for PS3 but with you guys already thinking about the PS5…you may want to start. You guys definitely have people using your app.

  • Let us play ps3 games on ps4

  • Can we also have send video to friends and add them to our community

  • Chat transcription is a helluva nice feature…I usually don’t have a headset on and don’t even bother with chat on parties cuz most don’t even know that exist lol.

  • BTW what about fixing the glitched activites?…will it ever happen or will it stay broken like a lot of things on PS4 have been for years since they were broken?…please fix the activity feed on the “what’s new” section and bring back “played ‘certain game’ for the first time”.

  • PS Vid chat for everyone with a PS camera, audio chat should be secondary…

  • AnarkyKnight

    How about a voice changer lioe we had on PlayStation 3 come on sony make it happen

  • How about instead of chat transcription, you make it so you can join the chat thru the app. Xbox has this feature I’m sure you can do it too.

  • We need Sony party chat App on ios and android..

    Lets party !

  • I wonder if getting a discord app would be a helpful route. It would be great for cross play play. Many of us play on PC and friends on PS4

  • BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR 16 PLAYER CHAT! This just sucks because it is splitting up my clan due to I have clan members outside of the US and it is only US… so this really sucks that others cannot join the chat :>(

    Hoping this goes live VERY SOON!

  • destined24_90

    Cant join a friends party nor can he join anyone elses unless thoes ppl signed up for the beta I signed up but wasnt chosen that sucks how are we suppose join with our friends if we arnt able to now with this beta crap

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