Did you enjoy the voice-controlled elements of the Xbox 360’s Kinect controller? No, neither did we, nor anyone else that we can think of. But that seemingly hasn’t stopped Sony from exploring the potential of voice control, with a new job posting suggesting the control scheme could be working its way onto the company’s upcoming PlayStation 4 console.
The company has stated through LinkedIn that it’s looking for a “speech recognition engineering intern”, to work on “robust speech feature extraction'” and “processing of noisy speech with human voice in the background”. Sound’s as though Sony are fishing for someone who can pick out individual voice commands from a noisy gaming session, no?
Though the job listing doesn’t reveal what platform the feature would be heading its way to, it’s unlikely that any new technologies Sony could be working on wouldn’t eventually find their way onto the PlayStation 4, given it’s the company’s key consumer electronics product this year. It’s totally possible that voice recognition could be coming to the company’s Bravia line of flatscreen connected TVs too, taking on similar features in Samsung’s flagship line.
Despite being “revealed” back in February, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the PlayStation 4 console ahead of its “Holiday 2013” release date. As well as potential feature such as voice control, that also includes substantial details like what the bloody thing actually looks like. With the ginormous annual E3 gaming show only a few weeks away, it’s likely all will be revealed shortly.