The guys over at the official US Sony PlayStation Blog have announced that PS4 firmware 7.00 is launching worldwide this week for all PS4 owners. This new update will feature various bug fixes as usual, but the real icing on the cake is the new enhancements it brings to Party chat and Remote Play.
Sony has been busy rebuilding the much-loved Party chat feature, which enables groups of up to eight players to get together and chat regardless of whatever games they are playing. The system has been rebuilt with the following changes:
- Maximum number of Party users increased from 8 to 16
- Network connectivity improved
- Audio quality improved
- Accessibility support with Chat Transcription has been added (US Only)
Remote Play has been expanded to now work with Android devices running Android 5.0 or higher as well as the current Xperia devices and iOS devices it already works with. To do this you simply need to download and install the PS4 Remote Play application from the Google Play Store.
The Remote Play app for iPhone and iPad has also been updated to now display the controller at all times and to allow locking of the screen orientation.
Mobile Remote Play users will now also be able to use their DualShock 4 with their mobile device through Bluetooth. In order to do this users will require Android 10, iOS 13, iPad 13, or macOS Catalina (releasing in October).
So keep an eye out for that notification this week and enjoy the new PS4 firmware 7.00 update.