Generally, at this point console updates are nothing more than adjustments to improve the user experience a bit. However, the situation is different with the arrival of a new generation, mainly because there will be a shared environment. In the case of Sony, the company is preparing for the arrival of PlayStation 5 with update 8.00 for PS4, but this generated controversy due to one of the options it implements.
In addition to the problems that the new PS4 update 8.00 has generated, users’ attention was immediately placed on Sony when they discovered an option that refers to recording conversations, which was considered a violation of privacy and a attempted espionage against players. After the community alarms went off, PlayStation updated the information and noted that Sony will not record any conversations, but the option exists and is for security reasons and moderation of the online experience.
SONY DENIES RECORDING VOICE CHAT ON PLAYSTATION
According to the updated information on the official PlayStation blog, what it is about is this: “After this update, users see a notification in Party Safety informing that voice chats can be recorded. The chat recording Moderation Voice is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches and will allow users to record their voice chats on PS5 to send for moderation review. The pop-up you are seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that When you chat with a PS5 user (after launch), those recordings can be sent from your PS5 console to SIE. “
What does this mean? Basically, if a player experiences harassment, offenses or any type of act that goes against the guidelines of the PlayStation online experience, they can record what happened as evidence to send it as a report to Sony and that from there it emerges relevant research and a result. It should be noted that this option will be available on PS5, not PS4, even though they will share an online environment in some cases.
What’s your opinion about it? Do you think a measure that can be successful to improve the online experience and interaction between players?