Many gamers throughout the world will open the champagne on November 12th, as the next-generation console PlayStation 5 will finally land in stores. Those willing to get their hands on Sony’s new gaming machine will have to pay $499.99, or $100 less for the Digital Edition that has no disc drive.
Even at one month before the release of PS5, we still get to uncover new relevant info about it.
The 8.0 update for PlayStation 4 records voice
The new 8.0 update was already downloaded by PS4 owners, and they might not like the outcome. The console announced them that it’s recording what they’re speaking while they’re around the machine. The following message revealed the bad news:
“Voice chats may be recorded for moderation. By joining, you agree to being recorded.”
The update will continue onto PlayStation 5 with the same feature. All your conversations will be recorded as long as the PS5 console and its microphone are on. This could be seen as a major downside of Sony’s next console, which could cause many gamers to buy the Xbox Series X instead. Luckily enough, Sony comes to clarify some things via a blog post:
“Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded. Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review. The pop up you’re seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that when you participate in a chat with a PS5 user (post-launch), they may submit those recordings from their PS5 console to SIE.”
Otherwise, buying a PS5 console will still be a good deal if you don’t care too much about having your voice recorded. The specifications speak for themselves:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
The PlayStation 5 console will also be equipped with backwards compatibility for the majority of the games available for PlayStation 4.