Sony has disabled Facebook integration on its PlayStation 4 platform, taking away users ability to link their Facebook and console accounts
The latest development by Sony was disclosed in a terse blog post by the electronics maker. The new disability will further result in other inconveniences which include the fact that users will no longer be able to find Facebook friends, share gameplay videos and screenshots, or use their Facebook profile photo as a PlayStation Network avatar.
While it wasn’t the best choice for the company either, it wrote in an apologetic statement that; “We apologize for any inconvenience,”, while going on to explain that you could use a stock PS4 avatar or upload a new profile image, as those that was initially present as a result of the Facebook integration would have vanished based on the new development.
Aside from that, Sony did not emphatetically state any reason for taking such drastic action from the blue, especially after a longtime partnership with Facebook. Well, you can also imagine a lot of provocation that followed afterward. Some people had suggested that Sony had taken the action following Facebook’s many controversial policies, especially one that has to do with data sharing.
Also on that note, Facebook also published a blog post where it clearly stated that it is working to ensure that the feature is back online as soon as possible.
We’re working with Sony to finalize an updated contract designed to improve the Facebook integration on PlayStation. While these discussions are in progress, Facebook features will not be available on PlayStation 4. We hope to bring these features back as soon as our teams reach agreement.
The statement, other that calm user’s nerves also infers that the disability may only be a temporery one rather than a long term one. However, it is all dependent on how soon Facebook can meet up with Sony’s agreement, otherwise, it may as well take longer than expected before the feature is back online.
Despite this optimistic comment, something must have gone awry for Sony to dump Facebook so unceremoniously. The feature does make it easy to find friends and share game streaming clips, so losing it could inconvenience a large number of folks, given the reach of Facebook and 100 million-plus PS4 consoles sold.