A new update for the PlayStation 4 sparked a bit of controversy when a pop-up gave the people an indication that their chats ‘may be recorded’.
People were, of course, concerned for their privacy with the 8.0.0 update. The update would go live when the PlayStation 5 releases.
Sony went ahead and debunked the rumour by addressing the matter. Ask PlayStation UK tweeted out that they did not record any party chats. The pop-up was simply to warn you regarding other people recording the voice chat.
You’ll only see the suspicious little notification when you’re in a party chat with a PlayStation 5 user.
The next-generation console allows users to record chats and submit them for moderation review. This feature is currently only available on the PS5.
Sony went on to give a statement on the matter,
“Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded. 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. 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 a relief to know that Sony isn’t listening in on me rage-quitting every 5 minutes.