PlayStation 4 Weak Parental Controls Risk Exposing Kids to Adult Content
The issue dates back to the PS4's launch in November of last year. At the time, there was concern over the bundling of Playroom, an augmented reality game that comes pre-installed on the PS4. Some users captured adult material with the program -- nudity, obscene language, etc. -- and then distributed it through Sony's PS4 live app, which is intended to let gamers broadcast their gaming sessions using Twitch and Ustream. Twitch stopped listing the racy broadcasts while Sony began "working on the problem," but Ustream still lists them.
"One of our staff members recently checked out PS4 Live at home and found streams of everything from sexually suggestive on camera behavior to violent M-rated gameplay streams, with a feed of comments that were also decidedly not kid-friendly," says ConsumerReports.
Turning on parental controls and cranking the dial as far as it will go doesn't help the matter. ConsumerReports tested this and noted that while parental controls successfully blocked access to M-rated games, every single player-generated stream within the Live section remained viewable.
Sony will likely address this at some point, but in the meantime, be advised that parental controls baked into the PS4 won't completely isolate your child from inappropriate material, including nude videos.