When some PlayStation 4 users downloaded the latest 8.0 update today, they found out that their console can now record their voices of fellow players for moderation purposes.
Initially, there was no update regarding voice recordings, but after a few hours, Sony confirmed that the message was correct.
Here’s what Sony said in its official blog post:
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.
Basically, what it means is that by joining a voice chat—even if you use PS4—your voice will get recorded and it will be submitted to Sony to evaluate moderation. Of course, it’s invasive, but hey, it could potentially favor you in case the other party members harass you or anything.
No, it’s not like Sony has been listening to your conversations all this time. The changes were added recently as part of the new avatar that permits parental controls and supports two-factor-authentication.
Also, to prepare for the launch of PlayStation 5, Sony has completely rebranded the Remote Play mobile Mac and PC apps to PS Remote Play. You will soon be able to connect it to the PS5 once the new console releases.