Over the last few weeks, the new console hype cycle has ramped up. Both Sony and Microsoft have slowly but surely been releasing new details about their entries for the new generation. Anyone that has been through this time before will know that any morsel of information is pored over and intensely scrutinised. The latest hot topic has been Sony and their ability to spy on party chats. What are the facts?
Sony WILL NOT be spying on party chats
This whole story started when an update to the guidelines set for “Party Safety” and a line within it stating “Please be aware that voice chats in parties may be recorded and sent to us by other users”. People immediately took this as meaning that Sony would be snooping on party chats. After Sony started trending on Twitter, the company finally stepped in to clear up the confusion.
Sony stated that they will not be recording and spying on party chats for PS5 (this won’t be available on PS4). Simply that the console can now record party chat in cases where a user feels it is important to report something. This is not done by Sony, but by users themselves to help with the reporting process. This is being used to help cut down on toxic behaviour and give Sony the evidence needed to kick these people off their platform. And for those worried about whole conversations being recorded, the clips are limited to just 40 seconds.
The internet did what it does best
Nonetheless, the internet took over and did what it does best. Memes. Twitter was flooded with a whole slew of memes. Here’s a selection of some of the finest to come from this nontroversy.
Privacy is important
Regardless of the ultimate outcome of this, it was good to see many people making their voices heard about the privacy implications of a platform holder spying on your voice chats. It shows that a company really couldn’t get away with it, even if they wanted to. Which is great to see. Many people are just fed up with huge companies taking advantage of them and their data.
People are still worried about the idea that their voice can be recorded regardless, even if it isn’t by Sony themselves. At least this information being out there gives people more information when it comes to buying a console this November. So, whilst people jumped to conclusions this time (as they often do with new consoles), it was for a good cause.
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