Sony Defends PS5 Party Chat Recording Feature

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This new voice chat feature will allow gamers to report verbal harassment via this new reporting function. "Please note that this feature will not actively monitor or listen to your conversations and is strictly reserved for reporting online harassment or insult".

After a controversy popped up over the new PlayStation voice chat recording, Sony put out a clarification stating that the sole objective of the feature is to report inappropriate behaviour violating the Community Code of Conduct.

Jensen says there will be no option to disable voice chat recording.

When the 8.0.0 update rolled out to PlayStation 4 systems earlier this week it provided more granular control for parents to use around their kids' communications, but it also popped up an ominous warning about the possibility of voice communications being recorded. When the PS5 console launches in November, PS5 users will be able to chat with PS4 users - which is why we needed to include an advisory with the latest PS4 system update.

Jensen first clarified that this new feature is for managing online safety. We believe that it's critical that gamers be able to quickly and accurately report abuse or harassment if they experience it while on PlayStation Network.

So for this reporting feature to work, if a PS5 player needs to file a report, they can include up to a 40 second-long voice chat clip in it.


Recording is enabled by default on PS5, and users won't have the ability to disable it.

The AskPlayStation UK Twitter account also confirmed that Sony isn't recording you and your friends complaining about your teammates while playing Call of Duty.

Another great feature for those playing with friends is the ability to manage PlayStation party chat without returning to the main menu. What remains unclear is whether the recording functionality applies for all voice chat, including in-game chat, or is limited to party chat alone.

PS5 users will be able to submit these reports directly from the console.

But behavior that merits a sanction, versus that which may just be edgy or in poor taste, is not always going to be a clear-cut case. "Some submitted reports won't be valid, and our team will take this as an opportunity to provide guidance and education", Jensen explained.

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