Friday, 20 September 2013

Sony Confirms Voice And Gesture Control for PS4 With Playstation Camera

We’ve got one more important feature to consider as Sony’s Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Microsoft’s Xbox One continue to converge upon each other. An Amazon product listing hinted at this a while back, and Sony has now confirmed at the Tokyo Game Show, that the PS4 will have gesture and voice control with its Playstation Camera, according to Engadget. That makes the eye’s functionality even more similar to the Xbox One’s Kinect 2.0 — the big difference being that Kinect will come bundled with the console, while the eye is an optional add-on.

The Playstation Camera features four mics and two cameras, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

While we don’t know how long this has been in development, on the surface it appears to be another step in the overriding next-gen narrative. The two consoles looked pretty different when we first heard about them, but over the past few months they’ve become more alike. The Xbox ditched its controversial DRM policies in favor of something more like Sony had, and announced an indie games program to boot. Sony appeared to make some moves on TV and has started to announce more about the Camera, which is meant to function a lot like Kinect. Despite some outstanding differences, I think that both of these machines are going to wind up very similar once they arrive in consumers’ living rooms.

We’ll see how well these features work once we actually start using the eye, however. Just as it will take time for Microsoft to catch up to Sony’s impressive work with indie games publishing, it may take Sony a little time to catch up to gesture on the Kinect 2.0. Gesture control is Microsoft’s baby, and judging from the time I spent with the new Kinect at E3, it’s made some very impressive strides with it. What nobody has quite been able to do yet, however, is make a great game that utilizes gesture controls for something other than dance moves.

The biggest difference between these two consoles remains their prices. The PS4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, and $40 cheaper if you buy it with the aforementioned camera. That’s going to make a big difference in a lot of people’s decisions, especially considering the fact that many of the most exciting next-gen games this holiday season are coming out for both platforms. The PS4 may turn out to be more powerful, as well, though I don’t actually imagine that’s going to sway the broader market one way or the other.

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Sony Confirms Voice And Gesture Control for PS4 With Playstation Camera

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