Following a new 8.0 firmware update yesterday for PS4, users were greeted with a new warning that by using Party Chat voice to talk, they were consenting to potentially being recorded at all times. Naturally, this got many users worried of the implications, and Sony has now addressed the new policy.
Sony noted the new policy was to help them find and shut down “genuine violations” of their Community Code of Conduct. Now, Sony is saying they won’t be actively recording all of your voice chat, despite fan concerns.
“Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review,” Sony said in the update.
They added, “The pop up you’re seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that when you participate in a chat with a PS5 user (post-launch), they may submit those recordings from their PS5 console to SIE.”
It’s worth noting this new policy and procedure is already being flexed by Sony, as we’ve been receiving reports of users already getting locked out of their accounts, on PlayStation 4, for perceived violations of Sony’s Code of Conduct.
The PlayStation 5 will launch November 12th in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. For the rest of the world, it will launch November 19th