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Weirdness: Don't Livestream Steamy Activities on the PS4 Like This Russian Couple

Posted by Sammy Barker

Play it safe

Sony may soon need to substitute the name of its next generation console for something a little saucier, as the PlayStation 4 is quickly becoming the system of choice for the sex obsessed. Not content with purportedly being the top platform for a catalogue of steamy websites, the supercharged device recently played host to a live transmission of a Russian couple’s intimate activities.

British tabloid the Daily Mail reports that the steamy 20 minute session was broadcast via the device’s on-board augmented reality application The Playroom, meaning that ASOBI was probably getting in on the action, too. Apparently, the inappropriate act was watched by up to 1,000 gamers, with many leaving comments on the public lovemaking as it was taking place.

This is not the first time that the platform holder’s otherwise innocent showcase software has come under fire, with Twitch preventing players from streaming the title through its service entirely. Previous controversies have seen a man revealing his wife’s private parts to hundreds of on looking players, landing him with a lifetime ban.

The issue is perhaps not being helped by the fact that The Playroom is, for all intents and purposes, designed with children in mind. A spokesperson for the Japanese giant pointed out that parental controls can be enabled to stop youngsters from viewing online streams, and continued that it’s a “shame” that some individuals are opting to abuse the system’s features with inappropriate content.

Personally, we reckon that it’s only a matter of time before Sony yanks streaming out of any existing and upcoming camera focused games. This would obviously be disappointing news for those that have been using the functionality as intended, but it feels like we're right on the cusp of something truly unsuitable rearing its ugly head.


User Comments (13)



Jaz007 said:

That's disgusting, just disgusting. Whatever happened to common decency? Maybe Sony should start making a deal with these people. Abuse, and you can be happy to receive PSN ban. That might help with the problem, it also seems like a pretty generous deal.



irken004 said:

They should just block the ability to stream Playroom, using the camera is fine when you livestream other games because it uses the camera as an icon.



rjejr said:

Are people surprised that if you give enough people easy access to a livestream that somebody is going to git nekkid in front of it? If nudity is good enough for pre-legal Disney star Vanessa Hudgens it's good enough for anybody.

Not saying it's right or that it should be allowed, just that it's to be expected.



Squiggle55 said:

I agree with rjejr that it is too be expected. And I would go one step further and say that it's mostly fine with me. The only part about it I find wrong is that they were using a kids game to do it. Heck, set up a whole channel for adult content for all I care. I haven't watched anybody's live streams yet so I don't know exactly how it's setup, but to me this is just another example of something that can be taken care of with proper parental controls. If you have a child set their controls so they can only see the content of their friends, and control who they can add as friends too. Problem solved. Sony doesn't have to play parent like Nintendo with Swapnote. Playing parent is for parents.



Jaz007 said:

@Squiggle55 What about adults who don't want to see this? This is public posting, it's not like swapnote where it's just with registered friends.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Sony obviously need more control and use of playroom/live streams etc w/e needing binding legal agreements at sign up/registration. People exposing themselves to children is plain wrong and they should be fully prosecuted as such. Parents should also have a bit more common sense. If sony want to keep this from spiralling into a black hole of scandal poop then they need to immediately add the option of adults only section???



banacheck said:

People exposing themselves over a console knowing full well children could be watching are sick people that need locking up, there is a name for these sort of people. I agree Sony needs to put it into a legal agreement when up sign-up, anyone doing this gets a console permanent ban,



Squiggle55 said:

@Jaz007 Something tells me those 1,000 gamers knew what they were watching. I'm not too concerned about protecting adults. If an adult turns that on and doesn't want to see it they should be able to just laugh and turn it off without being too emotionally scarred. As far as protecting kids goes, like I said parents should put on parental controls so their children can't watch a live video stream of strangers, that's common sense. I don't want to see Sony cutting back any options, but I can see them making it so you can only see live feed of friends (which I'm kind of surprised wasn't the case already).



-CraZed- said:

@irken004 I don't want them blocking it. There are some legitimate and worthwhile streams out there. Just ban the offenders and make it a harsh permanent ban but don't punish everyone for the creepy actions of a few roguish characters.



Gemuarto said:

I am russian myself and watched this video a couple of days ago. Very proud of my russian comrades.

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