Virtually 3 years ago exactly Geoff posted an articled entitled “Kinect IS spying on you” and today we get to post pretty much the same article but this time it is the PlayStation 4 that is doing the spying without your knowledge.
According to a neogaf post a user noticed that while he was playing a FIFA 14 versus game he noticed a microphone on the screen indicating that he was currently chatting but he hadn’t event connected his headset.
After some investigation it was uncovered that once the PS4 camera is plugged in then it will constantly listen for voice commands and at the same time it will transmit any sounds that it hears to whoever you are playing against.
After contacting PlayStation support he was told that there was no way to turn off this feature besides unplugging the camera entirely. They also could not confirm whether this was a bug that would be patched or a feature.
However thanks to the Internet at large we have found some ways to avoid this. The first is to create a party and then not invite anyone into it. The chat is still sent through but no one can hear it. The other is to disable voice commands for the camera and it will then no longer listen to you.
The last and most probably most simplistic is to connect a headset and then mute the headset which will stop the camera from listening to you. What we don’t know for sure however is whether or not the camera is also broadcasting video, this needs to be tested.
Thankfully I don’t work for Sony and can tell you that this is definitely a bug that I expect them to patch, if possible.
They will definitely need to iron out this kink before Prince William gets one. Can’t have that highly sensitive information about royal nappies being leaked to the public. Well, that is if the Duchess of Cambridge even lets him get one.
Last Updated: November 19, 2013