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The PlayStation 5 is just over one month away, and Sony is busy getting its fans ready for the transition from PS4 to next-gen. As part of this, the company recently released a brand-new system update for the PS4 that makes some pretty important changes to bring things more in line with the PS5.
PS4 update 8.00 brings together the Party and Messages system, adds new Avatars for players to use, brings in more parental control options, makes the 2-step verification process a little easier, and more. It's one of the biggest system updates we've seen in a while, but it's not without its teething problems, apparently.
Going by feedback I'm seeing, this new update seems to cause a bunch of issues (friends list not loading, party system problems, stability issues, etc.)- Nibel (@Nibellion) October 14, 2020
..so maybe wait for now
A number of users have reported running into numerous issues since installing PS4 update 8.00, including friends lists not loading, party chat problems, and general stability issues. Some have gone so far as to advise you hold off on downloading the update for now, but since you need the latest version to use any network features, that's not really an option for most of us.
It's not entirely clear how widespread these issues are. The update seems to be working fine for me, but plenty of users have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations, with the most prevalent issue seemingly being that friends lists just won't load.
Just updated to PS4 firmware update 8.00 and, like everyone else, I'm getting error code WS-44369-6 whenever I try to access my friends list.- Nicolo (@Nymo) October 14, 2020
Yet, it seems like I can still play online and stuff.
Hope this gets fixed ASAP, @AskPlayStation! pic.twitter.com/1AOhAh3BNo
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Anyone get a error saying you've been logged out of this psn because of an error? Ps4 8.0 update pic.twitter.com/PCs7qnjniC- Matt (@mattjohnnolan) October 14, 2020
THIS UPDATE LITERALLY BROKE MY PS4. CONTROLLER WON'T CONNECT, ERROR SCREENS THAT I CAN'T GET RID OF, AND NOW IT WON'T EVEN DISPLAY ON MY MONITOR. THANKS SONY FOR BREAKING MY CONSOLE :rage:- IQContained DF :rocket: (@IQContained) October 14, 2020
@AskPlayStation after installing the latest software update for my ps4 (ver 8.00), i cannot load my friend list and it says error WS44369-6. and i cannot play online too.- Kamado Tanjidor (@ekosays) October 14, 2020
Sony has yet to comment on these issues, though we suspect a fix is incoming. For now it's up to you whether or not you want to roll the dice on this latest update - although as I said before; if you want to play online you really don't have a choice in the matter.
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