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 which 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.
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 favorite 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.
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.