The Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) encompasses more than just video gaming — users can stream music, movies, and TV, as well as browse the web. Because of this, the PS4 can create potentially harmful situations for children, so it’s important to monitor and restrict access to inappropriate content.
Sony’s Video Game Rating System
All PS4 video games hold ratings based on the criteria and judgment of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The most common of these ratings include “E” for games appropriate for everyone, “T” for content acceptable for most teenagers, and “M” for content deemed appropriate only for mature players.
It is important to remember that the ESRB rating system provides only a general idea of a video game’s content. While this can help parents determine what games are appropriate for their children, parents are greatly encouraged to research and review games before purchasing to determine the content they’d like their children to access.
A simple breakdown of how to use ESRB ratings in conjunction with Sony’s parental controls (which use numbers 1-11) include:
- Level 0: ESRB RP – RATING PENDING
- Level 2: ESRB EC – EARLY CHILDHOOD
- Level 3: ESRB E – EVERYONE
- Level 4: ESRB E10+ – EVERYONE 10+
- Level 5: ESRB T – TEEN
- Level 9: ESRB M – MATURE
- Level 10: ESRB AO – ADULTS ONLY