Sony has published new details about the PlayStation 5’s recording of voice chats, after the company appeared to be caught flat-footed earlier this week when it released the latest PlayStation 4 system software update and users caught wind of the feature unexpectedly.
Titled “About Party Safety,” the note said, “Please be aware that voice chats in parties may be recorded and sent to us by other users.
The update also said that the feature would allow users to submit the recordings to Sony for moderation purposes.
All PlayStation users can file reports about abusive players that they encounter online, but only PS5 users will have the ability to submit a voice chat clip along with a report.
Jensen clarified that PS5 users and PS4 users will be able to chat in parties together, which necessitated the notice in Wednesday’s PS4 firmware update for a feature that Sony evidently intended to explain later.
“There won’t be an option to opt-out of this Voice Chat recording function because we want all users to feel safe when playing with others online, not just those who choose to enable it,” said Jensen.
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