PlayStation 5 will support 100-player parties and also cross-gen chat


The new PlayStation 5 has many intriguing features, but perhaps none more so than the introduction of party chat for up to 100 people.

Yes, you read that right, 100 people in just one chat! It's seriously going to go off!

The current PS4 limits users to include a total of 16 players in any one party, so this news will be welcome to some.

We’re unsure how 100 people talking at the same time would work in practice – there’s immediately some flashbacks to the old Modern Warfare 2/Black Ops days, when everyone in a lobby would have their mic on, but it will surely benefit those who organise major online events.

You can also share media, such as video clips and music tracks, with friends in the same party.

Again, 100 people posting their own gameplay into one chat may overload it slightly, and distract you from playing, but nonetheless, it’s a feature that is there to be explored.

In addition, there’s a new cross-gen party chat feature, meaning that players can talk across PS4 and PS5 consoles.

Whilst backwards compatibility was confirmed by Sony several months ago, it seems that only certain games will be eligible at first.


The catalogue will grow over time, meaning that if you have a PS4 game that you cannot play at first, that may change further down the line. Sony have said that 99% of PS4 games will be backwards compatible, although games from older consoles will be incompatible.

The PS5 is set for a release date of November 19 in the UK, with customers able to purchase either the standard version of the console or the digital version.

Differences between the two are small, with the digital version living up to its name in terms of not having a physical disc drive.

The standard console is set to sell at around £449, with the digital console coming in at £359.

Each console arrives with the pre-downloaded Astro’s Playroom, which utilises the new capabilities of the DualSense controller.

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