Restricting use of applications and devices

Using parental controls, you can restrict children from using the Internet browser and playing games or videos on discs that have a rating. Select a user from (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management], and then choose restrictions you want to apply to that user.

Available restrictions Explanation
Age Level for Games You can restrict access to game content based on your child’s age. For details, see "Age level for games".
Age Level for Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD Videos You can restrict playback of Blu-ray Disc™ or DVD videos that have a rating.
  • Blu-ray Disc™
    The default setting is [Allowed].
  • DVD
    The default setting is [Allowed].
  • Country or Region for Parental Control
    The default setting is [United States]. It’s usually not necessary to change this setting.
Use of PlayStation VR You can restrict use of the VR headset. The default setting is [Allowed].
PS VR is not for use by children under age 12.
Use of Internet Browser You can restrict use of (Internet Browser) on your PS4™ system. The default setting is [Allowed].

You can also set restrictions for users other than family members who have never signed in to PlayStation™Network.

Age level for games

The combination of the parental control level you set for each child on your PS4™ system and the parental control level for the game limits what games can be played.
For example, if you want to restrict use of a game with a parental control level of "4", set your PS4™ system's parental control level one number lower to "3". Setting the parental control level on your PS4™ system to "3" prohibits users from playing any games with a level of "4" or higher.

Checking parental control levels of games

Games on discs are sold in packaging that is labeled with rating level information. For games you buy and download from PlayStation™Store, see the game’s detail page for rating level information. To understand how game rating levels correspond to parental control levels, see the table below.
To view the parental control level for a game on screen, select the game in the content area, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Information]. When a game has age restrictions, the parental control level will appear in the [Parental Control] field.

Combinations of game rating labels and parental control levels

North America/Central America and South America(Excluding Brazil) ESRB eC, parental control level 2, approximate age of user is 3 or older. ESRB E, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 6 or older. ESRB E 10+, parental control level 4, approximate age of user is 10 or older. ESRB T, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 13 or older. ESRB M, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 17 or older.
Europe/Africa/India(Excluding Portugal, Germany, and South Africa) Pan European Game Information 3, parental control level 2, approximate age of user is 3 or older. Pan European Game Information 7, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 7 or older. Pan European Game Information 12, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. Pan European Game Information 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. Pan European Game Information 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Germany USK 0, parental control level 1, approximate age of user is 0 or older. USK 6, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 6 or older. USK 12, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. USK 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. USK 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
South Africa FPB A, parental control level 1, approximate age of user is 0 or older. FPB PG, parental control level 2, approximate age of user is 3 or older. FPB 7-9 PG, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 7 or older. FPB 10, FPB 10-12 PG, parental control level 4, approximate age of user is 10 or older. FPB 13, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 13 or older. FPB 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. FPB 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Australia ACB G, parental control level 1, approximate age of user is 0 or older. ACB PG, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 8 or older. ACB M, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 15 or older. ACB MA, parental control level 8, approximate age of user is 15 or older. ACB R, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
New Zealand OFLC G, parental control level 1, approximate age of user is 0 or older. OFLC PG, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 8 or older. OFLC M, OFLC 13, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 13 or older. OFLC 16, OFLC 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Russia Russian system of age ratings 0+, parental control level 1, approximate age of user is 0 or older. Russian system of age ratings 6+, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 6 or older. Russian system of age ratings 12+, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. Russian system of age ratings 16+, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. Russian system of age ratings 18+, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia GCAM 3, parental control level 2, approximate age of user is 3 or older. GCAM 7, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 7 or older. GCAM 12, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. GCAM 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. GCAM 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
United Arab Emirates NMC 3, parental control level 2, approximate age of user is 3 or older. NMC 7, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 7 or older. NMC 12, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. NMC 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. NMC 18, parental control level 8, approximate age of user is 18 or older. NMC 21, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 21 or older.
Japan CERO A, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 6 or older. CERO B, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. CERO C, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 15 or older. CERO D, parental control level 8, approximate age of user is 17 or older. CERO Z, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Korea GRAC All, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 6 or older. GRAC 12, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. GRAC 15, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 15 or older. GRAC 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Taiwan IDB 0+, parental control level 1, approximate age of user is 0 or older. IDB 6+, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 6 or older. IDB 12+, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. IDB 15+, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 15 or older. IDB 18+, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Singapore IMDA 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. IMDA M18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
IARC IARC 3, parental control level 2, approximate age of user is 3 or older. IARC 7, parental control level 3, approximate age of user is 7 or older. IARC 12, parental control level 5, approximate age of user is 12 or older. IARC 16, parental control level 7, approximate age of user is 16 or older. IARC 18, parental control level 9, approximate age of user is 18 or older.
Brazil Game rating icons for Brazil. These ratings are not compatible with the parental control level of the PS4 system. Set your PS4 system's level in accordance with the Brazilian system of age ratings.