The PS4 Camera Automatically Broadcasts In-Game Chat
I have yet to pull the trigger on a PS Camera peripheral for my PS4, and it turns out that waiting wasn’t a bad idea. Reports by way of NeoGAF suggest that the camera is in a constant active state while plugged in; “listening” if you will for voice commands and constantly broadcasting any noise it’s able to hear. User Zatoichi’s Cane discovered this while playing a game of FIFA 14 online. He stated the PS4 microphone icon was constantly visible on the screen while playing a versus match, indicating he was actually chatting with the other player, when in fact, he wasn’t.
He went as far as to contact PlayStation support about the matter and the representative he spoke to confirmed there’s no way to disable the feature short of unplugging the device. The rep wasn’t able to elaborate as to whether or not this was a bug or a deliberate feature. Sony has yet to make official confirmation on this report, so we’ll keep this in the very likely rumor column for now.
We’ll update with more information when it becomes available. It’s likely this will be patched during an upcoming update.
UPDATE: We followed up on the matter and SCEA Support has confirmed there’s no way to disable voice commands while the PS Camera is plugged in. Basically, you’d have to either disable the voice command feature or disconnect the camera itself to stop the voice broadcast. It’s confirmed there’s no way to keep ingame players from hearing you talk without alltogether disabling voice commands or unplugging the camera. (Proof Below)
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