Sony’s new PlayStation 5 will come with a feature that many users might not like.
Consider it the “Snitch Switch.” Sony will now record voice chats – actual conversations – among users, looking for what it considers harmful words, mean speech, or whatever else the company might deem inappropriate or offensive. The company will rely on users to report each other.
The company now warns, er, explains:
“Please be aware that voice chats in parties may be recorded and sent to us by other users. By participating in voice chats, you agree to your voice being recorded.
When behaviors that violate the Community Code of Conduct are Reported, PlayStation Safety will review the reports to check if there have been genuine violations.
These recordings will be used only for safety and moderation purposes by PlayStation Safety.
This sort of monitoring isn’t new in the gaming world and goes a long way to explain why so many gamers use a separate chat platform, like Discord, to talk among themselves while gaming.