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PS4 watch: job post suggests on-board speech recognition

Friday, 17th May 2013 10:16 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 could have built-in voice recognition, similar to Microsoft’s Kinect speech functions, according to a job post unearthed recently.

The LinkedIn job post was discovered by IGN and was originally published on April 30.

Based in San Francisco, the ‘Speech Recognition Engineering Intern’ role requires, “Some previous knowledge of speech recognition and signal processing,” and tasks will include handling of, “Speech noise reduction, speech detection, recognition, noisy rejection, and grammar processing under various environments”.

Other duties include, “Robust speech feature extraction and signal processing for speech enhancement, speech enhance and processing of noisy speech with human voice in the background,” suggesting that whatever this tech is, it is intended for use in an environment where there may be other people chatting or making noise. This could point to PS4 speech functions in a busy living room for example.

The jury is still out on this one until we hear more about the PS4′s functions. But what do you think? Could the console’s sensor tech also include speech recognition functions? Let us know what you think below.

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11 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    If you can’t beat ‘em…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Djoenz

    Blahh useless feature. . . .

    #2 2 years ago
  3. redwood

    @dave.. my only command to the ps4 will be “playstation…sell more units and make more profit “

    #3 2 years ago
  4. redwood

    or “playstation..don’t be like your older brother”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    Something extra to turn off once you’ve played the “What stupid voice do I have to use to be recognised?” game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    If this is anything like Kinect, because it’s so close to your TV, certain in game sound effects or voices get picked up by the unit and can activate things in game.

    It’s crazy having a voice enabled device very close to a loud surround sound speaker…

    I expect this to be sorted for Kinect 2.0, but it will be interesting to see the quality of this device on launch.

    I would have prefered this to be an optional extra and had a slightly better GPU / CPU in the PS4.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Wen3

    I say that is a positive step for SONY if they do it as natural as it can be they can create games around it……imagine you are a leader of an army in a fps and you can command your squad of 12 men using their names then followed by the command in a mission to infiltrate a complex building full of enemies hahahahaha you can sacrifce your men to get to the end hahaha telling them what to do now that next gen gaming right there agree or disagree

    #7 2 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    @7

    You can do that already with the PS microphone or XBox headset though…

    Thats the thing, it was already possble without a new device:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy's_EndWar

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Wen3

    Really which game does that man…do they talk back?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    @8
    Not to mention SOCOM on PS2…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. sg1974

    Yup. Not very surprising since the PlayStation has been able to do this since its second iteration. Just another underused feature that Sony crows about then does nothing with (cf. facial recognition and multiple-point tracking with the Eye).

    #11 2 years ago

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