Sony: PS4 to support voice commands via Eye camera; will it rival Kinect in Xbox One?

Sony has now confirmed that its upcoming PlayStation 4 console will allow for owners to use voice commands, but only if the optional Eye camera is connected. The news came today via a Sony spokesperson after a YouTube video taken at the recent GameStop Expo first showed the feature as part of a presentation to GameStop managers.

The clip showed that the Eye camera, when connected to the PS4, will allow for "navigational voice commands" from users. In a statement to Polygon, a Sony spokesperson said simply, "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."

Earlier this summer, rumors hit the Internet that Sony was going to include the Eye camera in every PS4 console, as Microsoft is doing with the Kinect sensor and microphone on the Xbox One. However, those same rumors claim that just before E3 in June, Sony made the decision to remove the Eye from the PS4 and make it an optional $59 accessory in order to lower the price of the console to $399. Sony has yet to comment on these rumors.

The news that the Eye camera can be used to handle voice commands for the PS4, but is still being sold as an option, might put even more pressure on Microsoft. Company executives continue to insist that the Kinect hardware will always be sold with the Xbox One even though they have also admitted that the Xbox One will still be able to work without a Kinect sensor connected to the console.

Source: Polygon | Image via Sony

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Any technical information?

How many microphones does it incorporate, does it use a spatial identifying array?

This is where the conversation should start and then move on to what voice processing technologies are used in software compared to Microsoft 20 years of speech processing technologies.

It could work well if designed well.

I am personally skeptical/biased that it will match Microsoft knowing their voice processing technologies.

Blind followers: I don care about a camera. It's stupid. Good thing it's not forced on us
Sony: PS Eye can do voice recognition , etc
Blind followers: I am so getting the PS4 Eye. It's the SAME as Kinect, and cheaper

Blind followers: I don't care about tv,tv,tv,etc.l. I just want to game.
Sony: We signed deal with Viacom, to gets tv ons the PS4
Blind followers: See Sony is doing it right. They are getting cool stuff without talking about it. (though you only wanted to game)

MS: With the power of the cloud, the Xbox One will get better over time
Mark Cerny: Cloud is over rated
Mark Cerny: (realizes cloud computing not overrated) We've been doing Cloud computes Witt the PS3 and look to improve it BIG TIME
Blind followers: Gaikai will be better than Azure. It can stream games and cloud compute. MS is such a fail..

Ive keep looking at the PS4... It's a clone of the Xbox360 (just juiced up on steroids). They didn't even have faith to copy their own system... I cantbethe only one who sees this. Mark Cerny took a 360 and pimped it...

Except none of that blind follower stuff is being said here. Most of us who didn't care about the camera before still don't care about a camera.

Again, on the television thing, nobody CARES if Sony or Microsoft want to do television; the reason Microsoft got crap for it was because they spent a good while on the subject during a console reveal. All you're doing by bringing that up is reminding us how Microsoft could've done better with public relations.

I can't even take your last comment seriously either. Sony has done an incredible job with their console, and the fact that they're competing so heavily that the Xbox One has gotten only better and better is just a great thing for us gamers. Quit hailing the flags for companies and just sit back and enjoy all the games we have coming to us!

dead.cell said,
Except none of that blind follower stuff is being said here.

Maybe not HERE, but people are being this two-faced pretty much everywhere else.

SikSlayer said,
Maybe not HERE, but people are being this two-faced pretty much everywhere else.

Except blind followers exist very well on both sides of the fence. Hell, I had a guy trying to argue why Microsoft doesn't have to compete, as if getting more stuff as a consumer/gamer was ever a bad thing.

People be crazy.

dead.cell said,

Except blind followers exist very well on both sides of the fence. Hell, I had a guy trying to argue why Microsoft doesn't have to compete, as if getting more stuff as a consumer/gamer was ever a bad thing.

People be crazy.

Whoever told you that Microsoft doesn't have to compete is NUTS... you always have to compete and stay hungry to survive. It was nice of you to entertain them. If that was said to me, the conversation would officially be over. Because they are sayin a company has the right to rest on their name, and not stay on top their A-game.

Look at M. Knight Shamalan... He is still resting on his Sixth Sense success, while all his other crap just, well let's just say I spotted him a few extra movies to see if he has any talent left in him...

dead.cell said,
Kotaku's garbage though, I thought we long ago established that?

Money Saver is a bright spot at least on Kotaku :-)


Showan said,

Look at M. Knight Shamalan... He is still resting on his Sixth Sense success, while all his other crap just, well let's just say I spotted him a few extra movies to see if he has any talent left in him...

Comparing Shamalan to gaming consoles, wtf? Not that you had any credibility before but this just ruined it even further.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Comparing Shamalan to gaming consoles, wtf? Not that you had any credibility before but this just ruined it even further.

I was NOT comparing M. Knight to a console... Read it again.. I was showing an example of when you don't want to stay 'HUNGRY' and improving...

Dead Cell says that someone told him that MS didnt have to "show up"... And that's was just a DUMB thing to say. Of course Microsoft has to show up... And put up..


we can also do cloud

we can also do media

we can also do voice commands

just because you can also do something,doesnt mean it will be good

It is a Console, so for either MS or Sony it is the "it can also do X"
Unless they are spouting around that it are multi-media devices, but they don't. They both clam hard on the Console part. (although MS takes a big bite from the multi-media device)

The only reason they have done this is to match the competition... (by that i mean theres a product simular, though it wouldn't be as good as kinect) Sony dont really care about this, its just another feature for the doubters. Hence the reason you can buy a ps4 without it & if the kids do want a feature like it.. its available and wouldn't force the parents to buy the oppositions console.

The original article said,

...and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 29."

In other words...


...and we will look forward to sharing more details as we hurriedly finish up copying the Xbox's feature.


As a casual gamer i've been more interested in the other features of the consoles and i find the PS4 lacking compared to xbox.
This is a one off purchase to me so the price difference is irrelevant to my decision. I have pre-ordered the xbox one after weighing up both options and my likely usage.
In the past i've bought on technical superiority so last time the PS3 took the lead. I think Sony have made an error here unless they realised that bundling an inferior camera would enhance xbox specification in comparison.

londan said,
As a casual gamer i've been more interested in the other features of the consoles and i find the PS4 lacking compared to xbox.
This is a one off purchase to me so the price difference is irrelevant to my decision. I have pre-ordered the xbox one after weighing up both options and my likely usage.
In the past i've bought on technical superiority so last time the PS3 took the lead. I think Sony have made an error here unless they realised that bundling an inferior camera would enhance xbox specification in comparison.

but they haven't really announced anything yet. There's no announcement of woa app store apps working on the xbone, and Sony has been committed to indie developers the entire time.

Considering I have zero interest in motion tracking and voice recognition for my console (and as such won't be buying this Eye camera) for all I care they could also make it dance when you sing, if they want.

Why do you have zero interest? Perhaps when you see how good Kinect v2 is you'll change your mind? I don't understand this mentality of not wanting to try new technologies.

Because I play games laying on my couch and am perfectly satisfied with what the current control system offers.

The WiiMote was also supposed to change the way we played games, and although Kinect is obviously more advanced it basically cames down to the same concept, which I'm not buying.

I'm all for trying new technologies but I have my own opinion about what technologies I'm interested in, and motion tracked gaming is not one of them.

Yogurtmaster said,
The Cell processor was from IBM not Sony and it was a failure.

It was developed by Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment, Toshiba, and IBM, an alliance known as "STI". (from Wikipedia)

Jarrichvdv said,
Cool story bro. How does that relate to the article?

He was replying to a comment further up the thread, his only failure was not knowing which reply link he needed to click on

Even if they did include it with every PS4 the hardware is no where near as good in comparison as the kinect so the developers may develop for it but when they see how shoddy the experience is theyll stop and all it will be is only used for gestures and simple voice commands. Xbox is built around a number of technologies, not just supporting them and tooting them as good. Kinect is one of them why waste millions of dollars in developing there own chips and stuff in the kinect then not include in the box when its part of the experience there trying get across. All PS4 eye is and always be is an accessory. Besides seeing as sony says the PS4 is a gaming console first why would they be bothered about including it in the box???

Yeah, keep the copying going Sony, LOL!

Pretty sure Microsoft didn't create voice command system so I don't understand the lols. Grow up.

LOL ummmmmm no.....

God Sony, do your own thing. Stop being a follower and be a leader for once. Your innovation is always poor and second rate.

Yogurtmaster said,
LOL ummmmmm no.....

God Sony, do your own thing. Stop being a follower and be a leader for once. Your innovation is always poor and second rate.

Wasn't the Cell Processor from Sony?

shifts said,

Wasn't the Cell Processor from Sony?

Proving his point. Before the release of the PS3, the Cell processor was being hyped as the next big thing that would be integrated into so many other devices. But once it was released, the ENTIRE industry but Sony dropped support for it in a flash because it was so hard to program for.

Thief000 said,

Proving his point. Before the release of the PS3, the Cell processor was being hyped as the next big thing that would be integrated into so many other devices. But once it was released, the ENTIRE industry but Sony dropped support for it in a flash because it was so hard to program for.

I'm not sure how that proves his point. He said stop being a follower and be a leader instead. Sony did lead the way with Cell along with Toshiba and IBM despite it never taking off, they still lead lol.

The PSX came before the xbox as well but now I think on it the CD32 and Sega stuff.

It's not always about being first to do somethign and bring it to the market but doing something different with it. Take google for example. Would they be classed as a follower or a leader?

Each company has their own strengths and flaws, but in the VG industry, Sony is not the biggest innovator. I think that would go to Nintendo who try new things with every console.
His point was about poor innovation and Cell was definitely poor innovation and it eventually led to nothing (but misery for most programmers).

Thief000 said,
Each company has their own strengths and flaws, but in the VG industry, Sony is not the biggest innovator. I think that would go to Nintendo who try new things with every console.
His point was about poor innovation and Cell was definitely poor innovation and it eventually led to nothing (but misery for most programmers).

I agree with you about Nintendo. Just because something isn't commercially welcomed does that make it any less innovative? It was a brave move to give programmers a totally new chipset to work with although I'm still wrapping my head around it in wikipedia lol.

With still a meager market share in the optical disc market and already surpassed greatly by digital downloads...good luck with that and Blu-Ray isn't Sony's alone either, there were multiple creators of that format.

Thief000 said,

Proving his point. Before the release of the PS3, the Cell processor was being hyped as the next big thing that would be integrated into so many other devices. But once it was released, the ENTIRE industry but Sony dropped support for it in a flash because it was so hard to program for.

Pretty much the entire industry dropped the PowerPC architecture altogether anyway, not just Cell.
Hence why IBM launched the late OpenPower Consortium.

Which is rather my point: most of these ideas aren't original but simply evolutionary.

Also, sometimes being a leader isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if you're heading in a direction nobody wants to follow. For many, a camera and strict DRM in trade for conveniences aren't the way forward.

Sony is giving people options, but so long as they aren't dedicating their team around features the majority of us don't care for, I don't see what harm it does in their pursuit.

Of course, that may change down the road if Oculus Rift can get off the ground, as I can totally see how the Kinect would be beneficial at that point. Until then though, they're merely dreams for now.

Options can be great but if your system turns into nothing but an evolution of the last generation, then there isn't much reason to buy into the new generation yet, especially when we see so many cross generational multiplatform titles with only a graphics improvement.
Sony dropped the PSEye at the last minute only to undercut MS's price as every development kit has the eye built in. It's a shame that Sony isn't innovating enough.
MS has illumiroom and Fortaleza coming, which I'm sure someone will copy too.
There are many people that are willing to try something different, the Wii winning this gen proves it, but it takes guts to truly innovate and change the landscape.

There is no more check in DRM on the Xbox One either and the Kinect definitely offers more possibilies than a stereo camera, it's just the facts. But you clearly see that too according to your last paragraph. Fortaleza will very likely be that product, but the Oculus Rift is nice too.

Edited by Thief000, Sep 2 2013, 4:23pm :

C'mon who else has a stupid light on the controller for a camera that almost no one will buy. That's innovation!!

Thief000 said,
Options can be great but if your system turns into nothing but an evolution of the last generation, then there isn't much reason to buy into the new generation yet, especially when we see so many cross generational multiplatform titles with only a graphics improvement.

I've only been burned trying to buy into the gimmicks, which is why I won't buy into them now. I'm not saying innovation is bad, but the Wii controller was a bust for me, the Kinect I enjoyed for literally one game with friends, the PS Move was too pricey for me to even bother with, the Wii U has a nice idea with remote play but too few games, the 3D on the 3DS hurts my head, and even the stupid Leap Motion for PC had me interested. Tried it out in person and it's awful compared to what everyone's expectations were.

Now Microsoft comes knocking at my door to tell me they fixed the Kinect? Please. I'll believe it when I can test it out in person. Until then, there's no reason I see for spending an extra $100 for a console that I'm just going to regress back to playing the way I'm used to. If they're they same right down to the graphical level anyway, what do I care?

The only other selling point for me is the remote play capability. While I'm waiting for Nintendo to get games on their system, if Sony can get the remote play working like a charm, then maybe I'll be sold on that. Overall, this whole idea that a camera by itself will be a showstopper is a bit silly, in my opinion at least.

No way in hell will it rival Kinect. Primarily because of the Kinect's backend, but also the fact that the Eye doesn't come with the PS4, and through TellMe on Windows Phone and the Kinect with Xbox 360, Microsoft have a LOT of voice data to use. What does Sony have? Oh, right, nothing.

For an accessory like this to truly succeeded it needs to be present with every unit, i think time will prove to be on Microsofts side here.

I agree, plus the Kinect is far more advanced and has a lot of custom processing power integrated into it. Then of course there's also the IR functions that the PSEye can't do.
It's actually funny how this almost looks like a straight up copy of the original Kinect, complete with the tilting.

Agreed, that's why I'll be getting an Xbox One instead as the technology behind Kinect is proven and this just seems like Sony trying to "keep up with the Joneses". For all the berating of Microsoft and the Xbox One by Sony this just show that the PS4 has a complete lack of innovation behind it. Giant enemy crabs, anyone!!!!

duddit2 said,
For an accessory like this to truly succeeded it needs to be present with every unit, i think time will prove to be on Microsofts side here.

Absolutely. Not to mention Eye Toy is just that, a toy... Hardly comparable to the Kinect.

I can see this not working
Historically Voice command interfaces have had trouble with Localised Accents


But hey, if they can get it to work.......

Dushmany said,
I can see this not working
Historically Voice command interfaces have had trouble with Localised Accents


But hey, if they can get it to work.......

Which is why, at launch, voice commands on Xbox One will only be supported in five countries!!!!

neo158 said,

Which is why, at launch, voice commands on Xbox One will only be supported in five countries!!!!


At least Microsoft is taking it's time trying to make voice commands available for everyone and with a good quality.