Sony is officially ending support for Communities on the PS4 this April, following the removal of the Mobile App. The recent PS4 Firmware 8.50 beta will remove the feature once the firmware update is available to the public.
Communities has been part of the PS4 since PS4 Firmware 3.00, which introduced the feature back in September 2015. Since then, thousands of communities have been created, focusing on specific games or interests. They were a convenient way to arrange gaming sessions with other players, especially for some of the less popular games.
Sony has sent out the following statement via email:
Thank you for using the Communities feature on your PlayStation 4 console. Beginning in April 2021, this feature will no longer be supported or available on your PS4 console.
However, you will still be able to stay connected and enjoy messaging features and more on your PS4 console and PlayStation App.
Some of the communities we are apart of remain active even today, but all the communities will be removed in April 2021. From Sony’s statement above, the focus will now switch to using the messaging features of the PS4 and PlayStation App.