PS4 Update: PlayStation's new console features are here and Sony wants you to beta test it (Pic: SONY)
Earlier this month Sony unveiled some slick new party features that they were looking to roll out to the console in the not too distant future.
"We are getting ready to test an update to the Party function on PlayStation 4, and can use some help from PS4 owners!" Sony explained at the time in a post on the PlayStation EU blog.
"Soon you will be able to sign up for a chance to participate in the Preview Program for an advance look at the new Party features."
Delving into more detail Sony stated that they anticipated that these new features would allow for Party participants from 8 to 16, and also improve audio quality for voice chat and network connectivity.
What was also quite interesting was the fact that players who participate in the beta testing will be able to share their preview code with up to 20 additional accounts (read: Friends).
These new features (alongside possibly even more) will likely be rolled out as part of the consoles next big firmware update, which we imagine will be the v6.80 update for the PS4 and PS4 Pro family of consoles.
But before that happens, the company wants some help testing these features.
The one thing that was missing from that previous announcement was any sort of info relating to how users could potentially sign up to take part of this latest test for the PS4 console.
Thankfully it now seems as though PlayStation is ready for players to jump on board and test the new features since they've quietly tweeted out details for fans earlier this morning on the PlayStation Europe Twitter account.
"Want to test out PS4's new party features? Sign up now for your chance to take part in the preview program" reads the PlayStation tweet, along with a link so users can Sign-up for Beta trials.
Following the link takes you to a sign up page where you'll need to share details such as name, email, country, date of birth and of course your Online ID.
Sony also notes that you must be over 18 years of age and have an adult account for PSN to take part in testing.
Normally Sony states that they cannot guarantee a spot on the beta team but it doesn't look like the same notice is showing here, so we'd imagine everyone has a good shot at getting selected to test the features.
You'd certainly think Sony would want as many people as possible, given these features are specifically intended for groups of players.
As we noted previously the only drawback with signing up for the Preview Program is that you wont be able to join the same Party or use Share Play with any friends you have who arent participating in the program.
That's likely why Sony are also so keen for you to extend your invite to 20 of your closest pals.
It's also worth noting that as previously mention by Sony, this beta invite won't include those additional features announced at the time which were only intended for US-based beta testers.
These extra features included early access to a chat transcription feature, accessible 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," Sony explained.
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