Gotta love how controversial PS4 info keeps pouring out the seams these days.
According to the PS4’s Software Usage Terms, Sony reserves the right to monitor PSN activity, including “your UGM [user-generated media], the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address.” And should a situation arise, Sony can send this info to the police or other authorities. Yowza. Better think twice before discussing the week’s mafia activity over a game of Madden.
Sony has already admitted that they cannot monitor all PSN activity, so the announcement comes off as more of a scare tactic than anything. How “Policing PSN” will affect the trashy behavior online remains to be seen. My guess is that when someone complains to Sony of a verbally abusive user, the PSN police might slap a tag on that user, monitor him/her, catch him/her in the act, and work the legal process from there.
Good news? Bad news? It looks like online conduct could improve at the expense of consumer privacy. I’m no doe-eyed optimist though: chances are our privacy will suffer long before we see an uptick in respect among online gamers. But, hey, at least Sony won’t be delivering customer info to third parties for the sake of marketing… yet.