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This article was published on November 28, 2013

Sony is temporarily disabling two of the PlayStation 4’s key social features for its European launch

Sony is temporarily disabling two of the PlayStation 4’s key social features for its European launch Image by: Kevork Djansezian
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When the PlayStation 4 launches in Europe tomorrow, it will be without two key features tied to the PlayStation Network.

Sony said it will be disabling What’s New, a social feed that allows gamers to see what their friends have been up to, and the Content Information Screen, which shows their activity related to a specific game that you have selected. Fred Dutton, a Blog Manager for SCEE said: “These features will then be switched back on a few days later, once the intensity of launch day calms down.”

The decision was made to ensure that Sony can keep up with the extra players that will be using the system on November 29. All of the other features that are confirmed for the PlayStation Network on day one in Europe are unaffected. This includes the ability to start multiplayer gameplay sessions online, chat with friends, share videos and accrue trophies.

➤ PSN on PlayStation 4 at launch

Featured image credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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