The last 24 hours really has been a busy period for debunking next-gen console gossip: after rumours ran wild claiming the Xbox Series X kicked up a huge amount of heat, today the embargo on impressions finally lifted, and we learned that it's actually a pretty cool device (thanks Windows Central).
But Xbox wasn't the only company to deal with tin-foil-hat theories, as yesterday some PlayStation users briefly thought their consoles were spying on them - and the internet went wild.
The rumours began when PlayStation users spotted a message informing them that their PlayStation could record their party chat and send it on to Sony. In reality, this was actually the introduction of a PS5 feature allowing you to upload a recording of your party chat to report abusive behaviour, but without further context the message was certainly alarming. So much so that "Sony" quickly began to trend on Twitter, and although Sony later clarified the company wasn't recording party chat and the feature would launch on PS5, that wasn't enough to stop the memes.
Many immediately felt sympathy for the moderators at Sony, joking that they were about to overhear some terrible things in the party chat. Oh, and that we're all getting banned. Or worse.
Me in party chat: I want to hear your moan boi— Domer? (@OMGItsCorbin_) October 15, 2020
The eavesdropper at Sony: pic.twitter.com/jwGQVZXwlj
Sony after listening to people getting into heated arguments in ps partys pic.twitter.com/OwnjPayRWz— Dat Boi (@_SomeMexicanBoi) October 15, 2020
"How many times are they gonna moan in the PS4 party chat?" pic.twitter.com/6EDwCFWrkO— Cryptic (@CrypticNoOnee) October 14, 2020
Comparisons were also made to other platforms, with some referencing the rumours surrounding the Xbox Kinect (which everyone was worried could spy on you - and apparently with some reason). Another way around the problem is to simply not offer some very basic online services.
Sony: recording party chat on PS4— Nintendeal (@Nintendeal) October 14, 2020
Nintendo: not recording party chat because there is no party chat on Switch pic.twitter.com/jKdWozaYvm
"Wait Sony is recording our voice chat?!"— Spawn Wave (@SpawnWaveMedia) October 14, 2020
Meanwhile your cell phone: pic.twitter.com/8HCXhWOPZH
But for some, the possibility of being overheard by Sony promised new opportunities: how about a singing audition from the comfort of your own home?
me and the boys in a playstation party trying to get signed by sony records pic.twitter.com/xIF8iWkL5V— ? ? (@SnellSZN) October 15, 2020
And, when people finally started to get their heads around the fact it would actually be their friends and fellow players doing the reporting, the mood got tense.
Guy, guys, Sony aren?t recording your party chats, they?re telling you that your snitch mates might be! pic.twitter.com/72f9mkc1xa— Ash Holland ????? (@ntwitoutafghtx) October 14, 2020
In all seriousness, here's hoping the new feature will help reduce and discourage toxicity over voice chat on PS5. And also book me a recording deal with Sony. (Call me!)