Sony has rolled out a new PlayStation 5 feature that stops games being ruined by spoilers.

16:55, 24 Oct 2020

Spoiler hounds beware. Sony is apparently implementing a new feature that stops PlayStation 5 owners having their latest titles ruined by spoilers. We remember back in the day when someone would whip through the next Harry Potter book and run around school shouting "Dumbledore dies" to everyone. All these years later and things are much the same - albeit in virtual form.

Just like huge shows including The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones had their biggest plot points spoiled unless you watched them immediately, it's a case of avoiding the internet until you've completed the latest chart-topping game.

Want to know if Ellie gets her revenge in The Last of Us Part II, or what happens to John Marston in Red Dead Redemption 2? Well, unless you book some time of work, chances are spoilers will ruin the surprise before you even get to that part of the game.

As we head into the next generation of gaming consoles and titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Resident Evil 8 are sure to be the talk of the town, the PS5's latest feature should help you keep a little mystery in your lives.

 

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Sony showed off the PS5's brand new interface and delved into detail in a follow-up blog post. Toward the end of the 12-minute video, you might've picked up on the built-in spoiler warning. Although you're free to share your screenshots on social media and spoil whatever you want, anything sent through the PlayStation Network will flag potential spoilers. If the recipient hasn't reached a specific point of a game yet, a spoiler warning will alert them. 

Speaking during the video, Sony Interactive Entertainment Content Communications Director Sid Shuman said, "Here’s a cool detail, if my friend hasn’t yet played the activity where I captured this media, and the game’s developer thinks it might contain spoilers, they’ll receive a warning before they view it". 

Better yet, it doesn't look like senders will have to faff around with marking something as spoiler-sensitive. It will simply tell the recipient if they're in danger of viewing a spoiler. 

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Shuman also threw shade at Google and its lacklustre measures for protecting us from spoilers. Let's be honest, most of us have probably turned to the search engine for a little help every now and then.

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Discussing how the PS5 will integrate game guides, Shuman added, "Some in-game activities, like this one, offer Official Game Help. Game Help was included as an active benefit for PlayStation Plus members in some PS5 games. In this case, I can open up that objective to get some hints without resorting to a web search or digging through long videos or articles that might contain spoilers". 

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The spoiler warnings are all part of the Create function - which will also give developers the opportunity to mark potentially spoilerific parts of their games. It's a new era for a spoiler-conscious PS5 experience that is hoping to move with the times. So yeah, if Kratos dies at the end of God of War: Ragnarok, rest assured you can (probably) find out for yourselves. 

 

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