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Sony: PS4 voice chats are not being recorded, it's a PS5 feature

Published: 09:05, 15 October 2020
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PlayStation 4 users have received the system software update 8.00 but trouble soon ensued, as pop-ups kept informing users their voice chats were being recorded.

The 8.00 update was meant to link Party and Messages together, providing a more streamlined solution to access both of the features. 

Unfortunately, many reported their friend's list as outright broken and claimed that setting up parties has never been more complicated. Others found that their PlayStation Plus subscription wasn't recognised post-update, and there's a host of other reported issues.

What really rubbed everyone the wrong way, however, was a pop-up message that informed PlayStation 4 users their voice chats could be recorded. 

Sony ended up issuing a statement, clarifying this is merely prep work for PlayStation 5 and the features arriving with their next-gen console.

"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", they said. 

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So there you have it, if the pop-up is triggering your inner tin-foil hatter, rest easy because voice chat recording is a PlayStation 5 feature only. Which also means you'll be seeing it every time PS5 users want to record chats, but more on that when Sony's next-gen console has finally launched.

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