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If in doubt and a situation isn't on this guide, follow the same troubleshooting as for Xbox.
The friend system on PS4 works the same as PC, where a request is sent an accepted. Sending reverse friend requests like on Xbox is not required and PS4 friend requests should follow standard SOP (i.e. don't send friend requests).
All PSN games use the same friend system, managed through the PlayStation Network. For most PS4 players, they're already familiar with how to send a friend invite. Unless they're a brand new PS4 player it isn't necessary to give them instructions on how to send a friend invite.
PS4 Specific Terminology
PSN Party Chat (party+) - An app integrated into PS4 that is separate from any game and allows voice chat for up to 16 players. Because the app is integrated into PS4 it doesn’t require any players to be in a game. It is separate from any in game comms and is not an indicator of connectivity between the rat and client, nor does it affect instancing in game. It’s not required to start an PS4 party, and is at the discretion of the rat and client to use a party for comms. The benefit to an PS4 party is that there can be voice comms with the client allowing for quicker responses, and every PS4 ships with a headset so communication is possible more often than not.
Rat and/or Client Name Not Showing on Comms Panel or Comms not Being Sent/Received
What to Confirm
Delay in updating comms panel
|Wait approximatley 30-60 seconds for the comms panel to update||Go to menu > Friends and Private Groups and hit ESC to refresh the friends list|
|If the client is CR and the comms panel doesn't update, a chain wing with another rat or friend of the client may be needed.|
|If the client isn't CR, have them SC Hop and wing from local. This will avoid the friend/wing issues.|
Rat Can’t Instance with Client
What to Confirm
Follow standard instancing SOP: SC Hop, Manual, wingless, chain winging, Assign Additional Rats as appropriate. Often after checking for the common issues on PS4 and everything is good - a console restart for both rats and client can help.
|2||NAT Type||Settings > Network > View Connection Status, NAT Type is Type 1 or Type 2||NAT Type 1 (Open)|
NAT Type 2 (Moderate) - Typically no issues are seen using this NAT Type
NAT Type 3 (Strict)
|Client and/or rats with moderate/strict NAT Type hard reboot their PS4 including pulling the cord for 10 seconds|
|Client and/or rats reconfigure their router for port forwarding or place the PS4 in the DMZ: http://www.playstationing.com/ps4/how-to-change-your-nat-type-on-ps4-and-ps3/839|
Less Common Issues
What to Confirm
|Client is using a Child's account||1||Client is a child||Age of client and Online and Privacy Settings||Have the client's parent change their account settings to Adult Default for the rescue and back to Child settings afterwards|
Client can not log into Open play
Client does not have PSN Plus account
Client has an PSN+ Account
Have client obtain a trial membership or purchase a membership
Client is banned from PSN
Confirm if client has a PSN Account Ban
Nothing can be done until the ban is lifted