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PlayStation 4 does voice recognition with new PlayStation Camera

PlayStation On?

The PlayStation Camera.

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 does voice recognition through the new PlayStation Camera.

However, the extent of its voice recognition features remain under wraps.

A Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson told Eurogamer: "We can confirm that PS Camera does allow voice recognition. We will share more details on this shortly."

News of the PlayStation Camera's capabilities emerged from the recent GameStop Expo in Las Vegas, where Sony delivered a presentation to retail staff.

The video, below, posted by YouTube user lex1020, shows a slide that reads: "From navigational voice commands to facial recognition, the PlayStation Camera adds incredible innovation to your gaming." (Jump to the 5 minute 30 seconds mark.) Thanks, PlayStation Lifestyle.

Sony had planned to bundle the PlayStation Camera with the PlayStation 4, but decided to sell the device separately for £55 to reduce the price of the £349 console. Microsoft has employed a different strategy, bundling the new Kinect with the £429 Xbox One.

Microsoft has made much of Kinect 2's capabilities, including its voice recognition feature set. You'll be able to turn the Xbox One on by saying "Xbox, on", among other things.

Sony, though, hasn't talked much about the PlayStation Camera at all. PlayStation 4 augmented-reality game The PlayRoom, which comes pre-loaded on the console, uses the PlayStation Camera and DualShock 4 controller to let you interact with an army of on-screen AR bots.

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