Sony have released more information on how friends lists will work on PlayStation 4 and how it will affect your existing friends lists on PS3, Vita, and PlayStation App. The PS4 will allow users to expand their friends lists to hold up to 2000 people, while the PS3 will only be able to show 100 of these friends.
The PSVita has no such problems and will show the whole 2000 unless the game you’re playing doesn’t support it, along with the PlayStation app also being capable of showing all two thousand.
Sony have tried to clarify which one hundred of your two thousand friends you will be able to see on your PS3 by giving us this:
1. If you have sent or received Friend requests that haven’t been approved yet, up to 10 of the most recent recipients and 10 of the most recent senders are displayed.
2. Your Friends are displayed:
- If the sum of players from point 1 and your currently online Friends is more than 100, your currently online Friends are displayed by online ID in alphabetical order until the limit of 100 players is reached.
- If the sum of players from point 1 and your currently online Friends is less than 100, your currently offline Friends are also displayed by online ID in alphabetical order until the limit of 100 players is reached.
3. If the sum of players from point 1 and all of your Friends from point 2 is less than 100, any remaining recipients of your Friend requests are displayed, followed by any remaining players who sent Friend requests to you, until the limit of 100 players is reached.
Note: You must sign out of PSN and then sign in again to update the players who are displayed. When doing this, also sign out of all other devices that you are signed in to PSN on.
Now, I don’t know about you, but for me that made things slightly worse. This is why Sony should never ask a programmer to write explanations of how things work.
Personally, while I see no problem in having the ability to create such a huge friends list, I also wonder about the people who will manage to fill all two thousand spaces. Who are they and what are they doing? Should they be tracked by the UN? Who is the person who will complain that they can only see one hundred of their two thousand friends? What happens if all your two thousand friends are online at once?
Here’s what I’ve been thinking. If you and your four friends want to start an army you could recruit and command 9995 soldiers from your sofa while playing Knack. Then again, I guess all your soldiers would be playing Knack too. Back to the drawing board, then.