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Job Listing Suggests That Sony Wants You to Talk to Your PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Conversations with consoles

We regularly whisper sweet little somethings into our PlayStation 3’s disc drive, but other than the slight purr of the system’s primary fan, we don’t get much in the way of a response. That could be about to change with the PlayStation 4, as a Linked In job listing has hinted that Sony could be about to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps, and incorporate voice recognition into its impending machine.

The filing – which requests a ‘Speech Recognition Engineering Intern’ – seeks a candidate to assist in “speech noise reduction, speech detection, recognition, noisy rejection, and grammar processing under various environments”. The applicant would be responsible for developing solutions for the “processing of noisy speech with human voice in the background”, suggesting that the company is planning some form of detection software for use in busy environments, such as the living room.

The rebooted PlayStation Eye camera for the PS4 has been touted as Sony’s answer to Kinect, with voice recognition believed to be among its capabilities. We already know that the device includes a “four channel microphone array”, which would be perfect for this kind of functionality. The question is: do you actually want to talk to your console? Compliments when you’re playing The Last of Us are one thing – but we’re not sure that we fancy asking our system to sync our Trophies every five minutes.


User Comments (6)



InsertNameHere said:

Depending on how it's utilized, I would be willing to give it a try. I just hope they don't use it in too gimmicky a way. Otherwise, I'll avoid using it completely.



rjejr said:

I would definitely use it if it let me navigate the store.

PS4 on. Enter PSN store. Download "Last of Us" demo. No, you can't have my password, it's a freakin' free demo, just download the darn thing already.

FYI - that last line was a joke based on an earlier blog posting.



Gamer83 said:

As long as I don't have to use it to control my games, whatever.



charlesnarles said:

@Gamer83 really? I'd LOVE to play a BioWare game where you actually say the lines. Or like an Oblivion conversation, only there's a script for yourself somehow. Or if you yell while Snake shoots a machine gun in MGS4, you get the battle high faster. There's something cool hiding deep underneath this.



neumaus said:

I'd LOVE to talk to my console! All I need now is one of those fancy headsets and GO!! XD
Lol, imagine playing a game and cussing when you're losing and the PS4 responds with some snarky comment and you're all like wth? xD



Ginkgo said:

Doesn't matter if its useful (though I am sure someone will find something useful for it). The XBox does it, so Sony has to too. What surprises me more, is that they didn't just buy a company who already knew how to do it.

The more interesting question is what new innovation MS will come up with for 720. We know about the cable TV thingy, but what else. The PS4's big play is the streaming ability and the uses they will find for that.

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