If you want to be able to have Kinect 2.0-style voice commands with your PS4, you’ll have to buy a PlayStation Camera.
Remember the PlayStation Eye? It was a camera peripheral for the PS3 that was used in a variety of motion-control games. An improved version of the camera, known simply as the PlayStation Camera, will launch alongside the PS4, but unlike the Xbox One’s Kinect 2.0, won’t be bundled with the system, meaning you’ll have to shell out an extra sixty bucks for it. It will support some cool new features such as Kinect-style voice commands.
“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.
SCEA’s group manager of retail training and advocacy Sean Coleman outlined some PlayStation Camera features at the GameStop 2013 Expo in Las Vegas this week. “From navigational voice commands to facial recognition, the PlayStation Camera adds incredible innovation to your gaming.”
The PlayStation Camera will have some unique functionality with the new DualShock 4 controllers. It will be able to use facial recognition to detect who is holding which controller, and apply that player’s preferred controller profile.
These kind of features make it look more and more like the camera was originally planned to be bundled with the PS4, and then removed to cut down on costs. Do you think this was a smart move from Sony, or would you have rather seen a camera in every box, to ensure developers actually develop content for it?