The Share button on the PlayStation 4 makes for easy posting to social media, but starting today, you'll have one less place to post your screenshots. Sony announced today that Facebook integration with the PlayStation 4 would no longer be supported, including posting content, trophy activity, and friend finder tools.
A blog post on Sony's site goes into the specifics, but it says the share features should largely remain the same, just without any Facebook-specific integration. The big changes seem to revolve around not being able to use Facebook to find PlayStation friends anymore, as well as no longer being able to import your Facebook profile picture for use on PlayStation 4.
It's a little unclear as to why this change is being made, and whether it's coming from Sony or Facebook's side of things. I logged onto my PlayStation 4 a moment ago to make sure what was there and what wasn't; luckily, it seems tools like name requests and such are there, though I reverted back to a Daxter profile image. There are worse fates, I suppose.
While I can't imagine Facebook integration was a system seller for anyone, it's curious what this could mean for the PlayStation 5 and what kind of social sharing tools it might have. While Twitter integration still remains for sharing cool snapshots or funny clips, part of the appeal of these tools is for the integration of social networks.
If Sony is really planning to embrace cross-play in the future, having more ways to build a unified friends list is pretty important. Whether you want to play with pals you met online or an old friend from high school, tools like finding friends through Facebook are handy when you want to catch up over some Apex Legends. It'll be interesting to see whether Facebook integration will return for the next PlayStation, or if this change is a sign of the times.