Sony has said it is studying comments on its controversial changes to the PlayStation 4 Party.
Hello friends, I just wanted to let you know that we are looking at your feedback on the recent changes to Parties on PS4.
Thanks for talking, we’ll keep you posted
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 17, 2020
Along with the recent PS4 firmware update to 8.00, a review of the Party system of the console was performed.
Matches now combine the console’s messaging system with match functionality, which has had the unintended consequence of complicating the formation of a match. Currently, you can only invite friends to your party through message groups that you have already formed, abandoning the previous ability to create “open” or “private” parties. It means that friends can no longer enter and leave a party at will without being part of the associated message group.
The following video, from YouTuber YourSixStudios, shows the new system:
You can see what Sony was looking for with the change: the idea that friends who play together regularly will be able to quickly form groups. But a lot of people don’t use PS4 parties in this way. For example, a friend can invite one of their friends to their established group. Or maybe you’re playing people you’ve never played with before after searching for a party to beat a tricky co-op challenge, like a Destiny raid. If you want to invite someone to the party who is not in your pre-existing message group, you need to create another message group to invite them, whereas before you could just make your party public and they could join.
Essentially, Sony has created an additional administrator where it was not needed.
PS4 users have reacted negatively to the change online and have asked Sony to specifically reverse the Party change. While Sony’s tweet makes no promises, perhaps the company has a rethink ahead of the PlayStation 5 launch.