PS5

PS5

Sony
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

Sony's PS5 has been around for a year now, and it's still hard to buy them. Good work if you've been able to work the system to get one! The PS5 comes in both a regular edition with a disc drive and the cheaper digital edition without the drive. Beefed up power and high-quality graphical output make games like Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel's Spiderman: Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7 and Returnal fast and beautiful. Here's hoping the rest of us can eventually buy one soon.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

First off, SET UP TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION! If you don't set up two-factor authentication, someone could hack into your PlayStation account and buy a bunch of games at your expense. That could be costly and you don’t want that headache.

Also with the PS5, Sony now records all voice chats in order to combat abuse during online gaming. Users experiencing abuse can submit recordings—no more than 40 seconds—of abusive voice interactions to Sony for review. There will be no way to opt out of this. Which is mostly fine, because something needs to be done about abuse in online gaming, especially abuse targeting women gamers. Just know, if you use the voice chat features on the new PS5 you are being recorded, although not actively listened to by Sony, at all times.

Users should also be aware that Sony may share your personal information with advertising and promotional partners. And when you play games from other companies on the platform, you may share your data with those third parties and their privacy policies would apply to your personal information. So many freakin’ privacy policies to just play games.

Tips to protect yourself

mobile Privacy warning Security A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: Yes

App: No

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Sony may share personal information with advertising and promotional partners. When you play games offered through other companies on the platform, you may share your data with those third parties.

How can you control your data?

You can request that your data be deleted, but data may still be retained for legal, accounting, business continuity (backup), anti-fraud and community reasons. Users won't be able to opt-out of Voice Chat recording.

A parent can control their child's ability to post or view user-generated content, including photos, videos, drawings, and content imported from outside sources (any of which might contain personal information) through the user-generated content control.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Average

No known incidents in the last 3 years.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

You need a strong password to access your PlayStation Network account. You can set up a passcode for your PlayStation device.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Sony has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/playstation

Privacy policy

Yes

A parent can control their child's ability to post or view user-generated content, including photos, videos, drawings, and content imported from outside sources (any of which might contain personal information) through the user-generated content control.

Does the product use AI? information

Yes

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Sony is planning to employ AI via its Sony AI arm.

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

How to Manage PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox Privacy Settings
New York Times
Like other always-connected devices, including phones and TVs, the Sony PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox Series X and S, and Nintendo Switch all gather data and share your various activities with your friends—and advertising partners.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Security and Privacy Features Compared
IGN
When you first fire up your shiny new game console – whether it be the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X – you'll go through a wizard that determines some baseline security and privacy settings.
PS5 games could get even better thanks to Sony AI
Tom's Guide
It seems that Sony has big plans for PS5 and AI technology, which will help it give a computational edge over Microsoft's slightly more powerful Xbox Series X.
PS5 won’t actively monitor or listen to your voice chat, Sony says
Polygone
Sony has published new details about the PlayStation 5’s recording of voice chats, after the company appeared to be caught flat-footed earlier this week when it released the latest PlayStation 4 system software update and users caught wind of the feature unexpectedly.
Sony clears up when and how it’ll listen to recordings of PS5 voice chats
The Verge
Sony has clarified more details surrounding a controversial new PlayStation voice chat recording feature, first mentioned in its recent 8.0 update earlier this week, after some users were led to believe the company would be actively recording and moderating conversations among private groups.
Sony's AI-created PS5 soundtracks could react to your playstyle and emotions
TechRadar
Sony already promised that the PS5 will revolutionize gaming sound with its built-in 3D audio processing unit. Now it appears Sony's next move is to develop AI-powered game soundtracks that react to how you play, or to your emotions, and change the music accordingly.
Sony establishes AI R&D division
GamesIndustry.biz
Sony Corporation has established a new business called Sony AI. The division will be dedicated to research and development for artificial intelligence, with the mission of "[unleashing] human imagination and creativity with AI.
PlayStation Safety
PlayStation
Find safety tools and tips for players of all ages.

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