The PS4's Livestreaming Hub Still Has More Nudity Than It Probably Should (NSFW)

Top screenshots from the PS4"s social hub include the occasional lewd pic. (Screenshot: Kotaku, Live from Playstation)

Live From PlayStation is an an app on PS4 where people can go to see live streams, archived videos and screenshots being shared by other players. Some of these include porn, because in 2018 it’s apparently still possible to get explicit pics trending on PS4.

Over the weekend the California-based gamer and and electronic DJ Gabe Montez posted a photograph on Twitter of exactly that. Wedged between pictures of Fortnite wins and Dragon Ball FighterZ memes were a nude model from an old Playboy shoot and a snapshot of two people having sex. They weren’t buried deep either, but instead could be found at the top of the “trending” section.

Montez said he was shocked and a little embarrassed, considering his kids were right there with him while he was browsing the app.

Gabe Montez said he and his kids saw the above (without black boxes) over the weekend when searching for Overcooked 2 videos in the PS4's Live from PlayStation area. (Photo: Gabe Montez, Twitter)

He explained to Kotaku in a series of DMs that he had been trying to show his kids some videos of Overcooked 2 since they really liked the first game. One of their favourite streamers is apparently Kindly Keyin, so he was hoping to find a video of the YouTuber playing it. Instead he found some porn.

Checking back this morning the image of two people actually having sex appears to have been removed, although the Playboy model and some other lewd pics still linger.

Some players just want to upload nudes for the lulz. (Screenshot: Kotaku, Live from PlayStation)

It’s nothing new for the platform. Playroom, a hub for augmented reality mini games that launched with the PS4 back in 2014, became a notorious hotbed for people filming themselves having sex. Twitch, YouTube and other social media platforms struggle with moderating explicit content as well, though Live from PlayStation is much smaller by comparison and would, presumably, be easier to manage.

Montez said he only posted the image to Twitter and tried to contact Sony after seeing the images were still there a day later. Sony did not immediately respond to a request by Kotaku for comment.

Like the penises that get eternally scrawled on classroom desks and public bathroom walls, porn appears to spring eternal on the PS4.


Comments

    The actually sex one is fucked up, but it might be worth pointing out the the "lewd" pics referenced here are screenshots from Mafia 3. Still stupid for people to post that stuff, but it is actually from a game.

    Last edited 14/08/18 2:22 pm

    Come on! It's a celebration of the human body! And cocks.

      Yeah, the human body is a beautiful thing. Penises exist, as well.

    Its just the community acting as they want to act. If parents want to show their kids a video of a game, go to youtube.

      I'm guessing you don't have kids?

      I've been on Kotaku for some time, and this by far tops one of the most stupid comments I have read.

      So let me guess - you're part of the 'community' that thinks it funny/cool to post graphic sex acts on a site that children have access to for the lols? You realise that it is also an offence in Australia to expose children to such graphic images?

      Grow up mate, go buy yourself a new fedora.

        Nope, no kids.
        I dont think its funny.
        I just think its humans being humans.
        Without being at home and having not turned on the ps4 in a while, id just suggest taking a look at the parental controls on the console to see if you can block that app/feature.
        If you can't, raise a support request with Sony about the issue. If you're not happy with their response, report the issue to the authorities.

        Not a member of the community, haven't used ps+ for years & never did anything like you assumed I have.

        Otherwise ask the kids to not use the app, which has been this way since it was released. Getting all antsy about in now is the joke.

        And finally, nope never used the share function on the ps4, or used the livestreaming function either. But I understand that people will try to get away with whatever they can get away with. That was one of those grown up lessons I've learned so far.

        Last edited 15/08/18 11:01 am

    I forget how prudish america can be

    Another example of just how toxic the playstation community is.
    Bunch of immature fanboys thinking they're so edgy post porn on a game hub.

    I will give it to Microsoft, they are by far the more mature responsible family friendly console (possibly Nintendo beats them) on the market.

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