Yesterday, the PS4 got a massive new update that introduced a bunch of new features (like parental controls), and took away a few (like the ability to create Events and access Events created by other players). The update also gave a whole bunch of goodies for players: free avatars from a whole bunch of games. Unfortunately, those goodies came with a hefty price, and I’m not talking about money.

Hmm, a whole bunch of avatars without the Avatar.

If you take a look at the details of the PS4 update yesterday, you’ll find that a whole bunch of new avatars have been added to your PS4. In total, you’ll find 72 of these new avatars sitting in your console. These avatars consist of characters and icons from various PS4 games such as The Last of Us Part II, God of War, Knack, Uncharted 4, Ghost of Tsushima, Bloodborne, Journey, Ratchet & Clanks, The Last Guardian, Twisted Metal, Shadow of the Colossus, Infamous, Jax and Daxter, Ape Escape, Gravity Rush, Everybody’s Golf, and lot more besides.

Sony has not given any reason why they suddenly decided to gift us so many new PS4 avatars. It might be so that people who buy the PS5 have a lot more avatars to choose from. It might even be a sort of goodbye present, celebrating the end of the PS4’s life cycle. It’s possible that it could even be compensation for all the bugs the last update introduced, although that would require precognition on the part of Sony.

PS4 Avatars on One Hand, Bugs in the Other

PS4 update loading screen.
Never before has this been a source of dread for me. Until now.

Unfortunately, the latest PS4 update didn’t just include new avatars in the mix. The update introduced a surprising amount of bugs in the works. These bugs include problems loading the friend list and party feature, and even general stability issues.

Fortunately, Comic Book also reports that Sony fixed most of these problems by today. In fact, Sony even issued an official response/apology to all these problems in a Twitter message.

The words of Sony descends upon us mere mortals.

You know things were bad if Sony is actually stepping up and officially acknowledging things.


The last PS4 update introduced a myriad of new avatars, new features, and new bugs. The bugs were a bit worse than usual, enough that Sony issued an official apology, but they seem to be mostly fixed now. You can see for yourself if you own a PS4.

However, if you’re still not convinced, you can just hold off on downloading the update until Sony fully fixes those bugs. Bear in mind though that you won’t be able to access online features if you do. You can still play single-player games offline, but you won’t be able to access any multiplayer features. Hopefully, Sony will fix all the bugs instead of just most of them soon.

Source: Comic Book