A few PlayStation 3 features have yet to make the transition to Sony's PS4 since it's arrival in 2013. one major feature yet to be seen is friend notifications, which notified you when a player on your friend's list signed in and out. After nearly two years since the system's launch, players are still pondering why such a simple yet useful feature hasn't been implemented as of yet.
Players will find at times Sony can come across as fairly backwards when it comes to online support and features, especially when you take into consideration that a useful feature such as friend notification has been removed. The strange part is that they have a notification that appears when a friend joins a party, not yours, but any party, and the question on most people's minds are why Sony thought it would be a good idea to give party notification priority over friend notifications
Back in 2014, Sony revealed a new trailer for the PlayStation 4's social features, which seemed to hint that friend notifications would be finally making their return. The short video you can check out below, sees a notification appear around the 10-second mark as someone plays Destiny.
Sony's Director of Product Planning and Software Innovation Scott McCarthy has a reason why we haven't seen friend notification on the PS4 yet. When speaking about the upcoming PS4 2.50 update features, McCarthy replied to a PSN user who asked about the feature.
It seems Sony are simply taking their sweet time on friend notifications for PS4 as they want to revamp the the feature and not just 'copy and paste' it over from the PlayStation 3. As a result, this procedure will take time to implement and McCarthy has told everyone to 'stay tuned' in regards to the feature.
The most important question which has yet to be answered is how long though? Players have already been waiting for over a year and taking time to implement a basic feature is questionable. Gamers have regularly asked Sony to change this in the year since the console launched.