The Sony PlayStation 4 is one of the hottest selling gaming systems. The PS4's parental controls can restrict content that you might not want your children to see, like violent or adult games. But Consumer Reports says you could be surprised by what the parental controls allow.
The PlayStation 4 lets gamers stream live streams of any game they're playing, including adult games or mature rated games. Kids can view these livestreams and they can comment on them and view other people's comments, even if you have parental controls on. Also potentially disturbing, The Playroom. It comes pre-loaded on the PS4. Users who own the PlayStation 4's camera can use it to capture video in their own living rooms, and share it across the PlayStation network. And anything goes! Those streams are also available to view, even if your parental controls are cranked up to the maximum limit. You may feel safe if you've disabled the Internet browser in parental controls. But Consumer Reports found that didn't block the live-streamed video either. Sony's website does provide instructions for blocking the live stream or "user-generated" content. It involves setting up what Sony calls a sub-account for your child. Consumer Reports found that it wasn't a very intuitive process. There are multiple steps, and it isn't very clear.
If you have a PlayStation 4, Consumer Reports has these can find step-by-step instructions to block live-stream content, including The Playroom.
Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.
All Consumer Reports Material Copyright ©2014 Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
- Holmen man sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend
- Holmen man in custody after armed robbery and 5-hour standoff
- Herberger's to move into former Macy's location at Valley View Mall
- Police: Student critically hurt in Kenosha school stabbing
- Bill banning abortion coverage for state workers up for vote
- Education accountability bill up for committee vote
- Bill would let victims, witnesses block body camera releases
- Man accused of trying to kill girlfriend faces sentencing
- Urban Beekeeping
- New breast cancer detection soon offered at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse