Sony's Latest PlayStation Update Allows Players to Record Voice Chats

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POLAND - 2020/06/15: In this photo illustration a PlayStation 5 logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As part of the latest 8.0 update for the PlayStation 4, gamers received an interesting alert letting them know that their voice chats may be recorded and sent to Sony "for safety and moderation purposes."  

Screens read, "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."

This revelation is head-turning for obvious reasons, prompting some funny reactions online. Later, Sony clarified what exactly they meant via a blog post, explaining that the voice chat update "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 [Sony]."

In other PS5 news, the user experience (UX) for the next-gen console was unveiled to the public, highlighted by the main Control Center – accessed by pressing the PlayStation button on the DualSense controller – giving users the ability to seamlessly launch games, check who's online, manage controllers and more.

One of the coolest new options is Activities, presented via pop-up cards allowing you to sort through gameplay opportunities, key milestones or moments, and levels or challenges of interest.