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Sony PS4 to mimic Xbox One with voice control features

Thanks to the new Playstation camera
Mon Sep 02 2013, 16:24
Sony playstation PS4 with controller

JAPANESE ELECTRONICS GIANT Sony reportedly has confirmed that the Playstation 4 (PS4) will mimic the Xbox One with voice control features.

Up until now Sony had remained tight-lipped about whether its upcoming console will feature voice control, but the firm confirmed to Eurogamer on Monday that the PS4 will perform voice recognition through its new Playstation camera.

A Sony spokesperson said, "We can confirm that PS Camera does allow voice recognition. We will share more details on this shortly."

Sony didn't elaborate further, so it's still unclear how the console's voice recognition will work or what it will allow users to do. Despite this, Sony's latest revelation brings the console in line with its Xbox One rival, with Microsoft's games console offering voice recognition through its bundled Kinect 2 camera.

Even before this feature was revealed, reports have claimed that the Sony PS4 is so far outselling the Xbox One. US retailer Gamestop has claimed that the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One "two-to-one", adding that the console's "first to know" list has 1.5 million subscribers, compared to 700,000 registered to hear news about Microsoft's console.

Adding weight to these reports, Sony announced a while back that PS4 preorders had sold out in the UK, with those preordering the console now unlikely to receive their device on launch day.

Still, those who preordered early enough will get their PS4 consoles on November 29, while Sony hinted that there might be some available on launch day priced at £349. The Xbox One is also expected to be released in late November, priced at £429. µ


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