PlayStation 4 said to come with Kinect-like voice recognition

Using the PlayStation "Eye" Camera, the upcoming game console is said to have facial recognition technology and be able to follow navigational voice commands.

Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 gamepad. Josh Miller/CNET

As competition heats up between Sony and Microsoft over their upcoming game consoles, Sony is said to be adding a new feature to its PlayStation 4 -- voice recognition.

This feature reportedly comes via the new PlayStation "Eye" Camera, according to Polygon. It's said to be similar to Microsoft's Xbox One Kinect 2 capabilities in that it has facial recognition technology and can follow navigational voice commands. Apparently, Sony revealed this voice recognition detail to its retail staff at the GameStop Expo in Las Vegas last week.

"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," a Sony Computer Entertainment spokesperson told Polygon.

The PlayStation Camera will be sold separately from the console and costs $60. The console will cost $399 in the US. Sony plans to launch its upcoming gaming platform in the US on November 15 and in Europe on November 30. Microsoft is aiming to debut its new Xbox One in November also.

CNET contacted Sony for comment. We'll update this story when we get more information.

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Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.


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