PlayStation 4 camera to handle voice commands

In an apparent case of “anything you can do, I can do better,” Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 camera peripheral will also allow voice commands. While details at the moment remain sketchy, it does seem like the device might be getting close to stepping on some Kinect turf.

The PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4, plus camera

An official statement from the company is… vague:

Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 29.

The feature – as well as facial recognition – was on show as part of the PlayStation 4 display at this year’s GameStop Expo in Las Vegas.

SCEA group manager Sean Coleman explained in a presentation:

When you add the PlayStation camera into the mix, the pair works together to expand upon system features and enhance your PlayStation 4 experience. The new stereoscopic lenses track your body movements in games or even recognise your face easier system navigation.

One major difference between the PlayStation camera and Microsoft’s Kinect 2.0: The price. Kinect comes bundled with the Xbox One for US$499 in North America, AU$599 in Australia, £429 (GBP) in the U.K. and €499 (EUR) in European markets.

The PlayStation 4, on the other hand: US$399 / AU$549 / £349 / €399 – but you don’t get the camera, which is sold separately. Reportedly, Sony dropped the peripheral out of the pack “to keep prices down”. There are plans for a bundle – PS4, two games, controllers and a camera – to retail for a similar price to the Xbox One.

We do not know if Sony’s solution will work worldwide at launch – Microsoft has confirmed that the Kinect 2.0 voice controls will not.

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