It looks like Sony is taking Facebook functionality out of PS4.
When Facebook integration was all the rage some five years ago, Sony decided to add support for it natively on PS4. The feature allowed players to use their Facebook real name and profile picture on PSN, and upload screenshots and videos directly to Facebook.
It now appears that this is going away. Reddit user LegendaryKillerB posted a screenshot from a conversation with PlayStation Asia, in which the user was having a problem sharing something to Facebook.
“For your information, PlayStation Network is no longer support[ing] association function to Facebook From 2019-10-07, please stay tune[d] with our notification on your PS4, we will announce the news soon,” it reads.
Sony did not mention this fairly big change in its release target reveal of the upcoming PS4 firmware update 7.00. The firmware update is expected to upgrade the console’s party functionality and enable Remote Play for Android 5.0.
It’s possible that this week’s release will take out Facebook integration entirely. The news itself, however, is not completely surprising.
Following a government investigation into how Facebook handles user data, the company announced a big change to its platform API earlier this year, the same API likely being used by Sony and other third-parties to pull user data.
It’s worth keeping in mind, assuming the screenshot is legit, that this policy could be specific to PlayStation Asia. Though it’s unlikely such a major change would only affect certain regions, it’s best to take it with a grain of salt until official confirmation arrives.