Sony has removed all kinds of support for Facebook on its current-generation PlayStation 4 console, effective immediately. Moving forward, players will no longer be able to share their gaming activities with friends and family on the social media platform, at least for the near future.
The removal of Facebook integration will not affect the existing sharing features on PlayStation 4. The only difference being that Facebook will no longer be offered as a destination to upload screenshots, trophies, footage, or streams. In addition, players will longer be able to link their Facebook accounts to their PlayStation Network accounts, meaning the removal of finding and adding friends from Facebook as well as other friends-related features.
The official PlayStation support page doesn’t mention as to why support for Facebook is being removed. The social media platform was core to the PlayStation 4 connectivity features at launch, even allowing players to import profile pictures from their current Facebook profiles — now removed as well.
Starting on October 7th, 2019 Facebook integration will no longer be supported on the PS4™ system. This includes Facebook’s share features such as posting gameplay and trophy activity and using the friend finder feature. We apologize for any inconvenience.
It’s being assumed that Facebook, not Sony, could possibly be the reason. The social media giant began restricting access to third-party companies last year, following an outcry on data privacy. Those who have become accustomed to sharing their PlayStation 4 gaming activities on Facebook are likely going to be effected the most, forcing them to choose other social media destinations.
It’s also important to point out that GeForce Experience has been facing issues with Facebook support as of late. When trying to share screenshots or recorded footage, the Facebook option either bugs out or becomes unavailable. While many attributed the issue to a software update, it now seems like Nvidia was simply shut out by Facebook.
Sony is releasing a new system software update later in the week that will increase the number of players in chat parties and add new Remote Play options. The update will ensure that any device running Android 5.0 or higher will be able to stream select PlayStation 4 games. You just need to download the Remote Play app from Google Play.