PlayStation want to test an update to the Party function on PlayStation 4, and they need help from PS4 owners! You can sign up for a chance to participate in the PlayStation Preview Program for an advance look at the new Party features.
Register here for a chance to participate in the PlayStation 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