Some PlayStation 4 users who downloaded the latest version 8.0 of the firmware got a surprise. The platform informed them that a company Sony reserves the right to record audio conversations for supervision purposes.
Initially, the firmware update release notes did not include any mention of recording audio conversations, but the Japanese company made clear what the messages mean in an update to an official blog.
And theShe said Sony: After this update, users see a notification about group security, and voice chats within groups may be recorded.
She added: The pop-up window that you are seeing on (PlayStation 4) now is to inform you that, after launch, PlayStation 5 users can send voice chats in which a (PlayStation 4) user participates to moderation.
The recording feature of audio conversations is supposed to be available for supervision via (PlayStation 5) upon launch, and this feature enables users to record audio conversations via (PlayStation 5) and send them to moderation for review.
It appears that your voice can be recorded and sent to Sony for supervision by another user after joining an audio chat, even for users of an older (PlayStation 4) device.
This could be a breach of privacy, as in theory anything you say in a voice chat could be sent to Sony without your explicit consent.
But the feature can also be a useful tool to help people report bad members who might harass them.
Based on Sony’s statements, it does not seem as if Sony is actively listening to all the audio conversations a player has with his friends during the game.
And it seems that the feature will not be available for (PS4) users, and this may be due to the (PS5 DualSense) controller includes a built-in microphone, while the (PS4 DualShock) arm does not have such a microphone.
The latest version 8.0 of the firmware also changes the way group and messaging work and adds new avatars, parental control tools, and support for two-factor authentication applications.
In another step to prepare for the launch of (PlayStation 5), Sony renamed the application (PS4 Remote Play) for portable devices, Mac computers and Windows computers to its name (PS Remote Play).
The app can be used to connect to the PlayStation 5 platform when it launches next month.