PS4 The Playroom Being Used by Some People for Live Sex Shows

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PS4 The Playroom Being Used by Some People for Live Sex Shows

The PlayStation 4's on-camera streaming feature is being used for something a little more daring than what Sony intended, with The Playroom's robots not having a choice but to watch.

For those with a PlayStation 4 camera, The Playroom lets people record themselves playing games and then broadcast it on the internet, with little robots accompanying the streamer for company. While Sony might have created the PS4's The Playroom to be used for gaming, some (well, a lot) of people are using it for very, very different purposes. Namely, to record themselves having sex live and then sharing their sessions online. It's gotten to the point that going to The Playroom sub-Reddit (warning: very NSFW -- even the banner image is NSFW, along with the other content) will link you to a host of lewd The Playroom images. Just imagine what the little robots are feeling while they're exposed to people doing the nasty live.

Last year, Twitch acted on non-gaming shows on the channel, and later pulled all The Playroom listings from Twitch. It seems, PS4 users that have a little too much time on their hands found a new avenue to exhibit their "work."

Arguably, putting a camera and an audience to people might mean that live sex shows are an inevitability, but at this day and age, what's the point? Just by using your browser or going to Google alone, people can be exposed to as much nakedness, and porn as they want. Then again, with the "shows" gaining traction, that might be the answer why some people do it. I do feel bad for Sony, though, and I can see them acting swiftly to take action against offenders. Let's hope they don't outright discontinue The Playroom itself for the sake of those using it legitimately.

Source: Kotaku

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Alex Co:
Arguably, putting a camera and an audience to people might mean that live sex shows are inevitability, but at this day and age, what's the point? Just by using your browser or going to Google alone, people can be exposed to as much nakedness, and porn as they want.

I suspect that the very fact that it's something you're not supposed to do, and that you will likely show your performance to people who don't want to see it, adds an enticing layer to the experience for a lot of these people. Something you couldn't get from a video upload service intended to showcase this sort of thing. This is why "The Playroom" was always a bad idea, the more you tell people not to do something the more they're going to try to do it.

I don't think this is the right site for this kind of article.

Ratty:

Alex Co:
Arguably, putting a camera and an audience to people might mean that live sex shows are inevitability, but at this day and age, what's the point? Just by using your browser or going to Google alone, people can be exposed to as much nakedness, and porn as they want.

I suspect that the very fact that it's something you're not supposed to do, and that you will likely show your performance to people who don't want to see it, adds an enticing layer to the experience for a lot of these people. Something you couldn't get from a video upload service intended to showcase this sort of thing. This is why "The Playroom" was always a bad idea, the more you tell people not to do something the more they're going to try to do it.

Yeah, fair point. But even so, they can do it even without The Playroom, right? Instant audience being the draw?

Now is Sony's time to react and come up with different rooms for different people creating different entvironments. With distinct bots for every room. I guess you canīt stop those people from playing small-flowting-bot-base-ball with their penises anyway.

InvaderTim:
I don't think this is the right site for this kind of article.

Not sure why you'd say this given the Escapist has an article about a streamer being caught having a wank and other-such loosely-gaming-related things. This actually isn't even that out of the way, really.

OT:
Yeah, well, after knowing what happens in other streaming video services, this isn't too surprising, although it would probably be interesting to see if it gets contained properly.

I do like how the reddit thing seems to have gotten flak for posting pictures of people that they willingly exposed already. Amusing.

Alex Co:

Yeah, fair point. But even so, they can do it even without The Playroom, right? Instant audience being the draw?

I'm sure they could, but the direct nature of a service like this is the main thing about it I'm guessing. It's like streaming lite. You're not really committing yourself to it, just being an idiot with an audience with fairly simple accessibility. I mean, there's instant-audience streaming out there that also make profit from said video (of pornographic nature, obviously), but that doesn't mean everyone wants to do that. Some people just want to dick around and be all up in other people's business, right?

Drinking a beer while doing the girlfriend doggy style over the couch. Brilliant stuff.

Really? "The Playroom"? It already sounds like a swingers club euphemism. I'm pretty sure a lot of places use the term "The Playroom" to describe their sex dungeons.

Haha, dude had to take all the screenshots of the Reddit because the people who were in them were complaining.

Looks like the blood came rushing back to their heads.

Well that's a surprise.

Said nobody outside of Sony HQ ever

Seriously, give humans a method of communicating and sooner or later it will be used for sex. How could they not see this coming? More pertinently, why did they include either an adults only partition for the service or put it in the TOS that everything uploaded has to be PG13 or M rated on pain of having yor PSN account closed?

I can' wait for Fox to get a hold of this, it'll drive PS4 sales through the ceiling.

Tonight! Porn Station Fourplay as Sony's flagship device is exposed for the lewd and disgusting perveyor off free pornography that it is

One week later.

Tonight! Sony reports Playstation Four sales exceeding all forecasts as factories strain to match demand, claim a six month waiting list

Am I the only one thinking "I'd have cleaned the room before hand!?"

OT give people the tools to film themselves and it will always come back to sex

From what I hear it's a load of rednecks doing it, and the picture from the article corroborates.
But damn I need a PS4 now.
For Infamous of course...

Those poor little robots that live in the ps4. If I don't see a critical miss strip on this, then there is no point in life.

Who exactly didn't see this coming?
We all knew it'd happen at some point.

An people were worried companies would spy on you. lol. People will always make a exhibition of themselves when they can, all they need is a camera and a website.

Though, on the other hand, will this hit sales when parents go to buy a PS4 for their kids?

luvd1:
Those poor little robots that live in the ps4. If I don't see a critical miss strip on this, then there is no point in life.

Penny Arcade already has you covered.

Makes sense to me. Exhibitionists will use any avenue they can, it's not really about the watchers so much as about the performers. It's weird, but to each their own.

Wait, little robots? What exactly do you mean? Like a sort of microsoft office screen companion such as the paperclip? I can just imagine the various speech bubble advice coming from it already.
How is this not happening with the xbone already then? Do they have some auto sexual-movement recognition that instantly stops recording? Or even continues recording whilst uploading it to Spencer's personal lunchtime laptop?

Xsjadoblayde:
Wait, little robots? What exactly do you mean? Like a sort of microsoft office screen companion such as the paperclip? I can just imagine the various speech bubble advice coming from it already.
How is this not happening with the xbone already then? Do they have some auto sexual-movement recognition that instantly stops recording? Or even continues recording whilst uploading it to Spencer's personal lunchtime laptop?

I dont think they have a system that uses kinect to stream (only Skype but that is like a private chat), you can only share gameplay footage.

Sony Exec: We are going to give average Joe the ability to stream easily and live from their PS4 camera and interact with AR items including little robots, this cannot go wrong.
Other Sony Exec: Average Joe is gonna get his dick out and swat those robots...you know that right.
Sony Exec: Pssh if I know guys, and I know guys, they will never ever ever do something that stupid.

putowtin:
Am I the only one thinking "I'd have cleaned the room before hand!?"

I laughed at this.

OT: doesn't surprise me. People are going to be people. Time for Sony to enable various different playrooms for various different user types.

well, i for one pissed myself laughing for a good 5 mins at this one...

Hah, the idea of the robots interacting with these shows amuses me to no end.

On the other hand, I don't see as how this could have surprised ANYONE, especially in this age.

Lastly, I might feel this was deserved by Sony, but then I remembered it was XBONE that was shoving Kinect down everyone's throat. So yeah, if this ever happens on XBL, I'll have another laugh at Microsoft's expense.

I would have been amazed if this hadn't happened.

How are people streaming this game if it was banned from Twitch?

P.S. Thanks

Creating a video site will always have this kind of danger. If they want to monitor it then they'll have to do what Youtube does. If they don't then welcome to the internet.

Well, in every great "media war", porn has decided the victor. Betamax refused porn, HDDVD refused porn... PS3 had superior hardware and generally equivalent software, but the 360 had Uno, which was used exclusively for amateur porn and assorted dick-waving. And now Sony has the far-too-literally-named Playroom...

Well played, Sony. GG.

Smeatza:
Haha, dude had to take all the screenshots of the Reddit because the people who were in them were complaining.

Looks like the blood came rushing back to their heads.

wait, the people who posted a video of themselves having sex online were embarassed there were pictures?

orangeapples:

Smeatza:
Haha, dude had to take all the screenshots of the Reddit because the people who were in them were complaining.

Looks like the blood came rushing back to their heads.

wait, the people who posted a video of themselves having sex online were embarassed there were pictures?

Apparently, I think that's pretty bold of them to request that it be taken down.
"Hey you, yes you with those pictures of us having sex, take them down! Even though we were the ones who sent them to you... (Basically)."

OT: I have to go with the general consensus; who DIDN'T see it coming? I say just make it highly against the ToS to do this outside of an AO area... Also not a lawyer by any means but couldn't this be illegal? I mean you're basically "forcing" someone to see something, similar to on Chat Roulette (Yes I know you can skip/turn it off but what's seen is seen)? No I'm not a prude by any means either!

Scrumpmonkey:
Really? "The Playroom"? It already sounds like a swingers club euphemism. I'm pretty sure a lot of places use the term "The Playroom" to describe their sex dungeons.

It certainly gives the phrase '#4ThePlayers' a whole knew meaning.

Christ, the dude even has a backwards cap on. XD

So some console people didn't know how to use webcams before, is it the bots or why the rush?

Why do I only ever hear about this on the playroom? Shouldn't this be a problem on kinnect too?

Just another way ps4 wins

Raziel:
Why do I only ever hear about this on the playroom? Shouldn't this be a problem on kinnect too?

Playroom is a way to share video. Kinect is hardware.

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