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What Can You Use PS4 Voice Commands For?

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Unlike the Xbox One, voice commands will be pretty limited on the PlayStation 4 – but that’s hardly surprising considering that the functionality was only announced a couple of months ago. Speaking as part of a press session in New York City earlier this week, the platform holder confirmed that you won’t be able to turn the next generation console on with a voice command, nor will you be able to pause a Netflix video without picking up the DualShock 4. So, what can you do?

According to Engadget, you’ll be able to boot up games with a simple speech direction, turn the console off, and, well, that's it for now. As already alluded, none of the system’s recently announced third-party applications will support the functionality at launch, but this is something that the firm hopes to integrate over the coming months. The device will support five languages at release – English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese – with more to come later on.

You’ll be able to use the admittedly limited voice controls with the PlayStation Camera or the mono headset that comes included in every box. The former will also supposedly incorporate gesture controls similar to the Kinect, but Sony has failed to really demonstrate how those will work just yet. It’s safe to assume that this is all very much a work in progress, and will get fleshed out over the course of the next generation console’s lifespan.


User Comments (8)



Bliquid said:

Oh no.
I'll have to rely on my fingers once again.
Curse you, Sony.



AaronYeager said:

Well it's no biggie. the PS Eye is only $60 bucks anyway so you really can't complain.



Tasuki said:

I might mess around with it using the mic that's included but at this point I dont see my getting the PS eye just for a few simple commands.



charlesnarles said:

Um, I sure as hell don't want it to turn on every time I say whatever the keyword would be in passing during a conversation.



dmmp1234 said:

I hope we'll be able to control the dual shock with this. For instance- "Turn right one degree, strafe forward 2 steps, jump, shoot, turn right 2 degrees now left 50 degrees".



DoublezZ01 said:

Cool beans!!! I'd rather tun it on with the new awesome DS4 Anyway!!! Turn it off by voice sounds just fine by me!

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