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PS4 Camera Supports Navigational Voice Commands, Sony Confirms

While Microsoft has repeatedly touted the Kinect 2′s voice recognition features, Sony has generally been rather quiet about what their camera can do on the PS4. But camera fans needn’t worry, as Sony has nonchalantly confirmed that the PlayStation Camera supports navigational voice commands during their GameStop Expo Conference. - PSLS

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doctorstrange1544d ago

This is exactly how camera news should be revealed - as a cool bullet point on a slide. All other conference time should be dedicated to games and such.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1544d ago

Imagine a time in our lives we could tell our console to turn itself on.. Imagine the possibilities.. We deserve this but i dont think you will be able to tell your console to do things until 2020.. its just too amazing.

Hatsune-Miku1544d ago

Gloriosity!. Features other than gaming arent the focal points of the ps4. Gaming first with other features secondary.

Imagine buying a refrigerator with a teli on it but you mostly use it to watch teli programs or netflix with nothing inside.
Ps4 first day

warewolfSS1544d ago

Sorry bud didn't mean to disagree.

Xbox-11544d ago

I just want to be lazy, and never look for a remote ever again. Is that too much to ask?

UltimateMaster1544d ago

I don't care about voice command.
But hey, a least they didn't made an hour long conference about it.

Anarki1544d ago

As long as Sony don't try to make this camera out to be bigger than it is, I couldn't care less. I don't want Kinect on my PS4, if I wanted that I'd buy a Xbox One.

Saigon1544d ago

I am really not shocked by this, I was actually waiting for sony to reveal this information. It took them longer than I expected. Man...I really feel for the Xbone right now because the K2 was its main selling point. Wow...wow...

ShadowL91544d ago

I guess your sarcasm went over everyone's head there.

badboy7761544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

My Samsung PN51E8000 Tv does all of this. And it pointless. I never use it!

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gaffyh1543d ago

I expected this, I said it a while ago. There are a few things that the Kinect can do that the PS Eye can't do, but voice commands are mainly software, and with the 4-mic array on the camera, it was bound to be able to handle some sort of voice commands.

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gaffyh1543d ago

@Septic - I think it's more to do with the fact that voice commands are the only "hardcore gaming" implementation of Kinect features this gen. Everything else involves having to wave your hands around like a maniac. That's fine for certain games like Just Dance, and party/mini games, but don't work well for hardcore games at all.

Also, I don't think people are that excited by this.

Septic1543d ago

@gaffy

Yeah hardware parity is a BIG plus in favour of the Kinect. I understand the sentiments of many who feel that the Kinect is being 'forced' on them but really, developers can now cater for the Kinect in a far more comprehensive fashion than the PS eye because they know that every X1 comes with the camera.

There are also things like profile recognition that are very useful features of the Kinect.

I mean things like:

1) Walking into your room and say Xbox On

2) Xbox Friends and your own friends list comes up- up to SIX people can sign in at once and when any of them uses the voice command such as xbox friends, their own friends list will come up

3) profile recognition by passing over the controller. That is a really big and very cool feature.

I mean, that's all assuming that these features work as smoothly as MS say they will.

This announcement doesn't really take anything away from the Kinect in my opinion. However, if Sony play their cards right and market this point to the masses properly, it could make a big difference as far as public perception is concerned.

HAC5221543d ago

i think people like to just keep there mouths shut and be silent when alone (with the exception of singing in the shower lol).
if im home alone, ill watch television, make some food, and play a game without uttering a single word, and ill be happy.
though it would be a cool feature to have, and i would probably be extra attracted to it because of the feature, i would probably only use it when my friends come over and say "hey, look what this thing can do!"

creeping judas1543d ago

@ gaffyh and @Septic, this is how a fanboy conversation should go. Both of you stated you points, without resolving to name calling or finger pointing. Well done. That is why I enjoy reading both of your posts!!

Dee_911543d ago

@Septic
Who's getting excited for this feature?
All I see is meh, and LOL @ Xbone type of comments..
You really like making up stuff to make a point dont you.

I shouldn't even waste my time replying to this but what ever i'm bored.

1)You know this how?
1.1)( actually the same thing as point 1) The Kinect is better soley because you've actually seen it in action on youtube?
2) PSEYE Doesn't have this?Since it wasn't announced your just going to assume it doesn't.Thats a great way to add to what ever point it is your trying to make.

gaffyh1543d ago

@Septic - I agree, Kinect is definitely the stronger camera. I guess it depends on how well it is utilised, and advertised, and MS are great at ads.

abzdine1543d ago

amazing!
I was sure Sony would upgrade the PSeye in an impressive way and still keep the features as optional for those who want it and for less than Kinect 2 price.

I am buying the Killzone bundle with the eye and 2 DS4, i cannot wait but i have to :/

sonarus1543d ago

I really have no interest in telling my console to turn itself on when i can literally pick up the controller and push a button and it goes on. Voice commands might be nice if we still had to walk over to the console and push the button but since you can just pick up your controller and do it "XBOX ON" and "PS ON" commands are useless to me. Especially considering you will still need to pick up the controller to play the game eventually.

I am extremely prejudice against voice commands and motion controls based on my experiences with kinnect, siri and any other gimmicky tack on device that doesnt really add value but actually is a detriment. I hate when i tell siri things and it doesnt understand i hate i have to speak extra slow or clear just so it understands. I hate the imprecision of motion controls. All these things to me impair my experience and so in the end i will never use them just like i don't use siri or kinnect or ps eye or move. They are nice to try out the first day you get them but the novelty wears off super quick as soon as you realize there is no additional benefit.

While its great sony will include voice navigation support for ps eye i still don't care just like i dnt care about the kinnect.

Septic1543d ago

@Dmarc

If anyone is wasting their time replying to someone, its me doing you the courtesy.

**1)You know this how? **

Can the PS4 camera do skeletal tracking? Monitor your heart-rate? IR blasting? Can it detect the rotation of each joint or how much weight one puts on each limb?

**2) PSEYE Doesn't have this?Since it wasn't announced your just going to assume it doesn't.Thats a great way to add to what ever point it is your trying to make.**

What? Are you actually being serious>? Yes Sony didn't announce this feature so I can assume that it doesn't have it until they make the announcement. Logic...your post has none.

Also, regarding your point '1.1', learn to read next time. In the post above I did say this:

"I mean, that's all assuming that these features work as smoothly as MS say they will. "

So yeah. Think before you post next time.

tokugawa1543d ago

lol this was ridiculed by the cult members not so long ago.

now all of a sudden is it a revelation !!!

you could not make up the hypocrisy that gets displayed by fanboys

Reem1543d ago

LOL Xbox-1 a remote was invented so people can be lazy and now you are too lazy for a remote haha

Angeljuice1543d ago

@Tokugawa
There is no hypocrisy being displayed at all. Read the posts, almost nobody cares. Those that do are not necessarily the ones who slated the feature in the first place.

Please stop using the same stock response every time a feature is announced. Nobody has said or implied it is a "revelation".

Dee_911543d ago (Edited 1543d ago )

@Septic
1)I don't know neither do you.That's the point...
2)hmm going by that logic.The PSEYE for PS4 didn't have any of the features from the article..You can't takes "points" away based off an assumption...
3)I can comprehend pretty well.Its apparent you cant.Rather those features work or not on the Kinect isn't the only assumption you made.Your entire post was an assumption.Maybe if you just said Eh this entire comment is an assumption I would have actually agreed with you.If this is what you actually meant then, my bad and ignore my comments.But considering you specified what you think was the only assumption in your comment prompted me to tell you in a lengthy comment that your entire comment is an assumption.Not just rather these features work or not.

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MariaHelFutura1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

On a regular Thursday, Sony just casually announced one of the biggest features of the Xbox One.

http://i.minus.com/ik7xPGc5...

thereapersson1544d ago

#KazTrollFace

Creepiest Kaz GIF yet!

warewolfSS1544d ago

It is big but dude their 2 completely different things

first1NFANTRY1544d ago

lol the Kazinator.

ot: another feature to mark of the competitors list.

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Sci0n1544d ago

lol I love it, it only took microscam about 3 hours to talk about kinect being the future and the greatest thing added on a console just to have sony casually announce oh yea ours does that too without out glorifying it and taking time away from them presenting there console and games. Sony is amazing, I can't believe some people still prefer xbox one over PS4.

HammadTheBeast1544d ago

@edonus

Because body tracking in a dark room is what EVERYONE needs. /s

user74029311544d ago

maria, tell em goddammit! +1

AngelicIceDiamond1544d ago

Whats it to Sony fans you guys won't be using it, nor do you guys care about it. Oh that's right since Sony announced it it matters and is the greatest thing suddenly.

I'm sensible, maybe it will work just as great as the X1's but I HIGHLY doubt it.

You guys are using this news to "troll" X1 in the weakest way I've could have ever imagine lol.

Yeah nice attempt.

When I get my PS4 I probably won't pick the PS Eye right away myself unfortunately. Maybe later I'll get one.

omi25p1544d ago

Lets hope they casually announce some decent launch titles!

IcicleTrepan1544d ago

When PS4 didn't have it:

N4G: Voice commands suck

When PS4 does have it:

N4G: Voice commands are pretty cool

Bigpappy1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

Nice job Maria. I like your style. You find a pay to play these guys against each other. You seem to have more fun on this site that anyone I can think of.

Now to the article: I know Sony did not put all that money in R&D and production so this camera can sit somewhere in an undisclosed location. They want to sell it. I think their approach of trolling the internet for policy ideas is going to hurt them financially.
They need the camera to compete for the casual market. I does not have to be as good as Kinect 2 if it has better support that Kinect, but their approach guaranties that they will loose the casual market and all the money spent on producing the camera, which adds up to huge losses and bad decision making. They could have sold the full package for $450 and still would have had the price advantage.

I suspect that they will try to bundle the camera to try and sell to the casuals a bit later, but it will be too late. They need to have games that support the device and the casuals would have had to be marketed to before those games hit the shelves. The navigation feature is just a bullet point. They need a lot more than that to get people interested. What they really need is to do, is something that Kinect does not do, or can not do better that is focused on casuals.

ShinMaster1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

@AngelicIceDiamond

@IcicleTrepan

No one is saying that this feature is suddenly pretty cool or the greatest. Stop putting words in people's mouths.

They just find it funny that Sony casually confirms a feature that Microsoft has been hyping up.

dantesparda1543d ago

MS fanboys comprehension skills arent that good, also, look at them get mad cuz ps eye can do it to

pyramidshead1543d ago

Maria you cause so much mad and damage control from the resident xbots it genuinely makes me howl! Shame you're down to one bubble again.

Looks like Xbox is losing some of those unique features :/

AJ Hartley1543d ago

Best kaz gif yet the struggling smile got me big time lol

Gekko361543d ago

@maria i love it!

opinions are like arse holes. so from one arse hole to another comparing kinect 2 to ps eye is like comparing super thick condoms to unprotected sex. glad i wont get an sti supporting x1

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Themba761544d ago

lol at M$ kinect selling point

Tru_Ray1544d ago

Sony is annihilating Microsoft in the PR battle. Their nonchalant reveal all but invalidates Microsoft's profession that voice command is a killer application.

Tru

Eonjay1544d ago

The camera essentially do the same thing. Only Sony has show how theirs can be used with augmented reality. Come to think of it, I have seen better applications with the PS4 Eye than with Kinect 2.0 Now we find out that it can also be used to control the system like Kinect...

Other differences? Well the PS4 Eye can record in 3D and the Kinect can read you heartbeat... which is... kinda creepy. I submit that Sony has shown more practical applications of camera use than Microsoft. Only, Sony is still leaving the option up to consumers whether or not to get it.

joe901544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

This is like saying because a lamborghini has an engine and so does a Ford Fiesta they are equal.

The Playstation Cam and Kinect 2 is like comparing CoD to BF4.

one has a wide range of features and the other is just a corridor of linear features (like most PS4 games)

HammadTheBeast1544d ago

Both cars get you where you need to go, Fiesta would probably do it with much better mileage as well.

Clarence1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

No more like how ryse is linear. Or better yet ryse is like gears with swords. Kill the oncoming soldiers move to next checkpoint. Looks familiar. Replace the soldiers with the locust.

Yep linear gaming at its best.

scott1821544d ago

LoL, bitter about the voice command thing I see. That was supposed to be a selling point for the kinect over the eye. I'm not so sure I think the kinect is much better anymore. Not that it matters, i just love the casual move sports games.

Mostly I will be playing the best looking game visuals and gameplay wise in killzone SF, nothing on the bone compares.

MysticStrummer1544d ago

No, it's like comparing an optional feature that most people don't want with a mandatory feature that most people don't want.

You're so caught up in comparing the features that you forget most people don't want either one.

At least one of them is optional.

KwietStorm1544d ago

Christ, man the internet does wild and crazy things to the mind of a fanboy. I bet this becomes a college course at some point in the future.

ShinMaster1544d ago

Your engine analogy was terrible.

H0RSE1543d ago (Edited 1543d ago )

@MysticStrummer

"No, it's like comparing an optional feature that most people don't want with a mandatory feature that most people don't want."

In case you didn't know - http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-...

The fact that a Kinect comes with every X1 console, does not make it mandatory. A controller is mandatory. A screen to play on is mandatory. The Kinect is simply a bundled accessory, there to use if you want it. Hell, you could just leave it in the box if you wanted to.

Now I'm sure you will argue the context of the word "mandatory" to mean that you cannot buy an X1 without one, therefore it's mandatory, but if that's your argument, that applies to other things as well.

What if I don't want the PS4 or X1 headset that comes included with the console? The headset is an optional accessory - you don't need it to access the console, same as with Kinect. What if I have a third party headset and have absolutely no need for the bundled headset? Oh, you mean I don't have to use it? Just like with the Kinect?! So your telling me it comes with the console, but it's not forced on me to use it? Okay, just checking...

JackStraw1543d ago

@h0rse a headset isn't going to increase the cost of the console by $100. nice try though.

"hey let's include it for $100 extra and make it an OPTIONAL accessory because we know many people don't want it, but let's still maintain that Kinect is the CORE of our console."

that is MS message right now. and it makes no f*cking sense! but seriously, nice attempt at trying to make sense of it.

G20WLY1543d ago

^H0, and how much do you think the headset adds to the price gamers pay to purchase the console?

lmao at your mental suggestion that this is somehow comparable to forcing Kinect on XBone buyers! :/

H0RSE1543d ago (Edited 1543d ago )

@Jack Straw
@G20WLY

The price is irrelevant here, since it is the the device that people have a problem with, not the added cost. If X1 came with Kinect and was the same the price or less than the PS4, people would still be complaining how they don't want a Kinect "forced" on them. Likewise, if the X1 kept it's $500 pricetag but dropped the Kinect, people would be buying it. The Kinect is the issue, the added price is merely a convenient "go to" argument, but it really isn't the focal point.

I understand that in many cases, price likely is a factor, but in the context to which I was responding to - MysticStrummer's post - it mentions nothing about price and is exclusively about the Kinect itself, which is why bringing price into the discussion is an attempt to shift the argument in your favor.

Furthermore, it has never been proven that the extra $100 is due to the Kinect. A portion of that is expected to be in the cost, but the entire $100 is likely due to the Kinect plus other aspects, like perhaps the extremely customized architecture/hardware, which details have yet to have fully been disclosed on.

joeorc1543d ago

@joe90

"one has a wide range of features and the other is just a corridor of linear features (like most PS4 games)"

really?

What's pretty funny and ironic' is the fact that even before Microsoft even looked at Kinect, Sony was already looking at employing such hardware and functionality for the playstation platform.

here is example:

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Dr. Marks in year 2000, in 2004 showed off Kinect 3d depth sense camera before Microsoft even looked into the technology for gaming for console's.

@Eonjay

100% agreement,

"I submit that Sony has shown more practical applications of camera use than Microsoft. Only, Sony is still leaving the option up to consumers whether or not to get it."

100% completely true. for another example:

The guys from PlayStation.blog demonstrate the capabilities of the PS Eye. I really think it's awesome and funny.

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

XboxFun1543d ago

So basically Sony is just copying what MS is promoting.

@joeorc

Links, links, links. This doesn't mean that any other company wasn't R&D the same tech at that time either. You guys love to show youtube videos or links about how Sony did something first. But there are companies that are doing the same at the same time behind close doors.

Also it's all about who incorporates it first and takes that big chance and presents it to the masses for entertainment.

Yes, Sony is leaving it to the consumer but MS and Nintendo are incorporating outside the box tech to their gaming machines that will enhance gaming. Which means they are a lot more committed to it then say the PSeye or Move which is an afterthought from Sony and really a slap to the face for anyone who bought and expected more out of it.

A lot of you say your bored of the same 'ol same 'ol. But when something different or new is introduced to gaming it's all "boos" and "I don't want it".

ZHZ901543d ago (Edited 1543d ago )

OMG! Xbox fanboys comments hurt my eyes. -__-

And btw we are not hypocrites because you are the hypocrites because PSEye is opitional and not everyone will buy it as for Xbox people are forced to buy Kinect 2.

r2oB1543d ago

@ Xboxfun

Enhance gaming? Kinect has been out since 2010 and has not enhanced the core gaming experience for the 360 in any relevant way. What makes you so confident that that Kinect 2.0 will be any different? Microsoft has done a lot of talk in regards to what the Kinect 2.0 could do, but have they shown actual gameplay demos of what it can do? If you have seen Kinect 2.0 in action with actual gameplay, that shows how it enhances the gaming experience, then please provide me with a link so I can witness it.

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joeorc1543d ago

@XboxFun

"Links, links, links. This doesn't mean that any other company wasn't R&D the same tech at that time either. You guys love to show youtube videos or links about how Sony did something first. But there are companies that are doing the same at the same time behind close doors.

Also it's all about who incorporates it first and takes that big chance and presents it to the masses for entertainment.

Yes, Sony is leaving it to the consumer but MS and Nintendo are incorporating outside the box tech to their gaming machines that will enhance gaming. Which means they are a lot more committed to it then say the PSeye or Move which is an afterthought from Sony and really a slap to the face for anyone who bought and expected more out of it.

A lot of you say your bored of the same 'ol same 'ol. But when something different or new is introduced to gaming it's all "boos" and "I don't want it"."

Do you listen to yourself?

really, so all i seen for over 4+ [email protected] year's on forums like this was Sony just copy's everyone else. they do not Innovate, but yet who was showing off such uses for gaming first?

let me ask you this, where was Microsoft's R&D showing off camera interface User controlled gaming for game console's for the 1st xbox?

Sony was already showing off, PS2 working with Kinect, where was Microsoft showing off Kinect working with the 1st xbox?

or for that matter How about Nintendo with the game cube for remote wireless control connection over the internet for their handheld game system to their Hub?

it's pretty clear by now to many, both Nintendo and Microsoft are seen as the "innovative companies" while Sony just copy's everyone else!

when the truth of the matter is freaking most of the time, Microsoft and Nintendo just buy into a technology instead of invent!

also you claim this:

"Also it's all about who incorporates it first and takes that big chance and presents it to the masses for entertainment. "

NO, one has to look at the cost's involved in component's. the WiiMote for example was far and away cheaper to produce than it was for Kinect and Move. as a matter of fact the Playstation move and kinect, because at the time in 2005 to 2007 the freaking price for components was as much as the entire [email protected] system. while Nintendo's was much cheaper.

Sony could not release 1st, but yet out of the three the sony motion control was the most accurate, and the best to control out of the bunch for a 1st person shooter.

"Which means they are a lot more committed to it then say the PSeye or Move which is an afterthought from Sony and really a slap to the face for anyone who bought and expected more out of it. "

So the simple fact that Move will still be supported for the PS4, and will still be the most accurate motion control system out of the bunch even with Kinect 2's advancement for motion control for 1st person shooter's is as you said

Quote:

"PSeye or Move which is an afterthought from Sony and really a slap to the face for anyone who bought and expected more out of it. ""

what does that say about both , Wiimotion and Kinect, when an Afterthought has better control for a 1st person shooter game than the one's who built their systems based around "innovative use of Motion control methods"

LMAO

Mounce1543d ago

Well, I can tell at least that this is a smart move where if Kinect gets specific features on games say, like on Mass Effect 3 where you can pick a line for your character to say, it at least means it doesn't have to be EXCLUSIVE to Xbox just due to Technological differences or lack-of. As both cameras will do both features, though I'm sure Kinect 2.0 is 'stronger' in capabilities, the 'features' they both should be basically the same which would be Game-implementation.

Godz Kastro1543d ago

Hypocrisy!!!!!!!!!!!!! The lot of ya's!

negative1543d ago

This camera will be nothing compared to the kinect. Not even a thought when it comes to my PS4 purchase.

Killjoy30001543d ago

Think about it this way - By Microsoft mandating the Kinect in every X1 retail unit, they pretty much ensure that third party developers can simply port over any camera oriented tech to the PS4 versions.

Playstation wins because they get pretty much the same support, but at the same time give you the choice, at $40 less too. Well played, Sony. Well played.

ALLWRONG1543d ago

So using voice commands this week now is great when it wasn't last week?

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PirateKing1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

Navigational voice commands?! Tell me why I should get an Xbone again?

Benjammin251544d ago

For TV obviously. I mean, it's not like you can watch TV on a TV.

PSVita1544d ago

To be fair the picture in picture is pretty cool...but not a system seller for me.