Sony Cracking Down on Sexual Content in Games: WSJ


New York, April 16 (Jiji Press)--Sony Corp. <6758> is cracking down on sexually explicit content in PlayStation 4 video games globally, reflecting concerns about the depiction of women in games, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The Japanese company established in-house guidelines that limit sexually explicit content "so that creators can offer well-balanced content on the platform," a Sony spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

The move distinguishes Sony from other video game hardware makers that allow more leeway as long as the software carries a rating for age restriction, according to the business daily.

"Sony officials said the company has grown concerned that its global reputation could take a hit from sexually explicit content sold in a few markets," the newspaper said.

"A big worry is software sold in its home market, which traditionally has had more tolerance for near-nudity and images of young women who appear to be underage," the newspaper continued.

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