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Posted 9/15/13 , edited 9/15/13
I don't have any plans to buy either console on release day, and if I do, I'm leaning a little more towards the PS4. With that stuff out of the way; what are your concerns and/or knowledge on the issue of privacy on either console?

I'm not just talking about being monitored by a camera that can supposedly be switched off, but things such as Facebook and Twitter implementation (both which I despise and never use), and the use of real names.

I haven't been in the next-gen loop all that much cause I'm not a huge gamer, that much may be evident up to this point. However each time I consider the idea of buying a next-gen console, this issue comes up and the idea of people knowing shit like my name or how ugly I am puts a guaranteed "NO!" on the idea of buying either console. I don't think I'm alone in this concern or else I wouldn't have posted about it. I think a lot of other people here would like some answers to the question of being in full control of their privacy to and from other players.

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Well twitter & FB are not mandatory to use the consoles so I wouldn't worry about that. The biggest issue of privacy would be what your PSN or XBL account links back to (e.g. email). If you use a throw away account then I wouldnt be too worried. When PSN got hacked a few years ago, the email I used was a throw away so I didn't care if that information was exposed. None of my important accounts like banking, credit cards, etc...we're in danger of compromise.

Honestly if your not going to game online then you do not have much to worry about. They are just dumb consoles in their basic form without a network connection.
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korruption wrote:

I don't have any plans to buy either console on release day, and if I do, I'm leaning a little more towards the PS4. With that stuff out of the way; what are your concerns and/or knowledge on the issue of privacy on either console?

I'm not just talking about being monitored by a camera that can supposedly be switched off, but things such as Facebook and Twitter implementation (both which I despise and never use), and the use of real names.

I haven't been in the next-gen loop all that much cause I'm not a huge gamer, that much may be evident up to this point. However each time I consider the idea of buying a next-gen console, this issue comes up and the idea of people knowing shit like my name or how ugly I am puts a guaranteed "NO!" on the idea of buying either console. I don't think I'm alone in this concern or else I wouldn't have posted about it. I think a lot of other people here would like some answers to the question of being in full control of their privacy to and from other players.

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As far as I know...
One has the option of using the Facebook integration feature on the PS4. I would imagine to the same would apply for Twitter.
The kinect does not need to be connected now in order for the Xbox One to function.
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salinas0731 wrote:

Well twitter & FB are not mandatory to use the consoles so I wouldn't worry about that. The biggest issue of privacy would be what your PSN or XBL account links back to (e.g. email). If you use a throw away account then I wouldnt be too worried. When PSN got hacked a few years ago, the email I used was a throw away so I didn't care if that information was exposed. None of my important accounts like banking, credit cards, etc...we're in danger of compromise.


Yuppur that was a nasty one. Luckily I wasn't one of the compromised accounts.


Honestly if your not going to game online then you do not have much to worry about. They are just dumb consoles in their basic form without a network connection.


I don't really game online at all. I do have PS+ and download the occasional demo and patches and shit, but I may get a little curious from time to time and probably wind up watching some dude doing an LP or something. A situation like that is really where the uncertainty of whether or not I have anonymity affects me.

So to sum it up: if there's at least some certainty that the amount of personal stuff I can share is completely at my own discretion (along with other people of this vast minority too I'm sure), I'd love to know about it. Then I'm pretty much sold on the PS4. Not pre-order but not too far off from release either.
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korruption wrote:

I don't really game online at all. I do have PS+ and download the occasional demo and patches and shit, but I may get a little curious from time to time and probably wind up watching some dude doing an LP or something. A situation like that is really where the uncertainty of whether or not I have anonymity effects me.

So to sum it up: if there's at least some certainty that the amount of personal stuff I can share is completely at my own discretion (along with other people of this vast minority too I'm sure), I'd love to know about it. Then I'm pretty much sold on the PS4. Not pre-order but not too far off from release either.


Only what you put on your profile and such would be shared, if you say you're green and from Mars that's all ppl will know. Even if you did game online the other users would have no idea who you are unless you tell them.

The only real privacy concern is how your username/account is linked back to your email or other sites you use the same username at. So I would say you're fine unless you get social engineered or PSN is hacked again.
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salinas0731 wrote:
you're green and from Mars


GAH HOLY FUCK HOW DID YOU KNOW?!?!


The only real privacy concern is how your username/account is linked back to your email or other sites you use the same username at. So I would say you're fine unless you get social engineered or PSN is hacked again.


Heard that, good thing I'm not very social (at least on consoles), Mars isn't exactly the most happening place to be from time to t-... Errrr... I said nothing! Hum he hum he hum!!!...
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Posted 9/16/13
Haha

I for one welcome our new Martian overlords.
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If you're truly concerned about privacy, you probably shouldn't be using a console with network connectivity to begin with.

Unless there's some really big privacy issues, it won't really affect my decision either way. That being said, I'd be more likely to get a One, but it'll be at least a good two years before that happens.
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I admire your patience, good sir!
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eyeofpain wrote:

If you're truly concerned about privacy, you probably shouldn't be using a console with network connectivity to begin with.

Unless there's some really big privacy issues, it won't really affect my decision either way. That being said, I'd be more likely to get a One, but it'll be at least a good two years before that happens.



korruption wrote:

I admire your patience, good sir!


Who, me? Well, I only got a 360 around last Halloween, so I figure there's plenty I can get out of it before having to move to new hardware. I just hope MS or any of the app publishers refuse to support it before I'm ready to upgrade.
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Posted 9/17/13
MS will support the 360 for another 3 years or so.
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Posted 9/22/13
If you're a gamer with privacy issues---do not buy a XB1.

There's no other console out there that has anything to do with invading one's privacy. On any level. MS is
ridiculous. Also, don't be a gamer (or person using internetz) who foolishly puts out one's personal
information in ways where it's easily tracked, stolen, misused, or leaves credit card numbers online.
Be smart people. I know you can do it.
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korruption wrote:

MS will support the 360 for another 3 years or so.


Cool.


DualFace wrote:

If you're a gamer with privacy issues---do not buy a XB1.

There's no other console out there that has anything to do with invading one's privacy. On any level. MS is
ridiculous. Also, don't be a gamer (or person using internetz) who foolishly puts out one's personal
information in ways where it's easily tracked, stolen, misused, or leaves credit card numbers online.
Be smart people. I know you can do it.


I'm sure the PS4 will have it's own privacy concerns. Sony is just better at hiding them before hitting the market. And then there's stuff like the PSN account leak a while back.
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Posted 9/23/13 , edited 9/23/13

eyeofpain
I'm sure the PS4 will have it's own privacy concerns. Sony is just better at hiding them before hitting the market. And then there's stuff like the PSN account leak a while back.


If people aren't careless with their information---there's nothing to be concerned about. Of the 2 consoles,
even the new ones coming out next month, as previous gen has already shown---Microsoft is making it way
too easy for hackers and thieves. On the other hand people are stupid, and the 'security' of either console is
most likely irrelevant.
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