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PlayStation 4 firmware update coming this week with updated party features and more

Sony PlayStation 4 console gets new firmware October 2019 with new Party features and Remote Play to Android devices
Sony PlayStation 4 console
Scheduled to arrive globally this week, the PlayStation 4 system update labeled 7.0 is expected to bring Remote Play to smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, 16-player parties, chat transcription, enhanced audio, an improved backend that should take care of most connectivity issues, system-level HDR tuning, and more.

Although the launch of the PlayStation 5 console is getting near, Sony continues to provide excellent software support to the PlayStation 4 hardware currently in the wild (PlayStation 4 Slim on sale now at Amazon). The latest software update for it, version 7.00, is scheduled to drop later this week with quite a few new features, improvements, and fixes.

Without further ado, here is a quick roundup of all the good things that will become available later this week for PlayStation 4 users all around the world:

  • Party feature updates — the maximum number of users increased from 8 to 16, network connectivity improvements, audio quality enhancements, and accessibility support with Chat Transcription (US only, unfortunately).
  • Remote Play now available on handsets and tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher (the PS4 Remote Play app should be downloaded from Google Play to use this capability).
  • The PS4 Remote Play app for iPhone and iPad now allows its users to display the controller at all times and lock the screen orientation.
  • DualShock 4 wireless controllers can be used via Bluetooth for Remote Play on Android, Macs, and iPhone/iPad devices. The hardware needs to run Android 10, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or macOS Catalina.

In addition to all the above, PlayStation 4 users should also get ready to take advantage of the upcoming system-level HDR tuning capabilities. This feature was demoed in a beta firmware release that became available back in late June, but since Sony apparently forgot to mention it in the meantime, it might just have been delayed.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-10- 7 (Update: 2019-10- 7)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.