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Consumer Reports: PS4 Parental Controls

consumer reportsMEDFORD, Ore. — The Sony Playstation 4 is one of the hottest-selling gaming systems.

It’s parental controls can restrict content that you might not want your children to  see, like violent games or adult content.

But Consumer Reports says you could be surprised by what the PS4’s parental controls allow.

You can block kids from playing some games with the parental controls.

But in Consumer Reports labs, testers discovered there is other content you can’t easily restrict.

Consumer Reports testers say “The PlayStation 4 lets gamers stream live streams of any game they’re playing, including adult games or mature-rated games. Kids can view these live streams, and they can comment on them and view other people’s comments, even if you have parental controls on.”

 Also potentially disturbing – the Playroom, which comes pre-loaded on the PS4.

Users who own the PlayStation 4’s camera can use it to capture video in their own living rooms and share it across the PlayStation network.

Those streams are also available to view, even if your  parental controls are cranked up to the maximum limit.

You may feel safe if you’ve disabled the Internet browser in parental controls.

But testers found that didn’t block the live-streamed video either.

Sony’s website does provide instructions for blocking the live stream or “user-generated” content.

Consumer Reports says there are multiple steps, and it isn’t very clear.

You can see step-by-step instructions for blocking live-stream content on the PlayStation 4 here.

This report is based on information on ConsumerReports.org.