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PS4 camera to rival Kinect with voice and gesture control

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Camera will support voice and gesture control when the PS4 launches in November.

Looking to rival the capabilities of the Xbox One Kinect, Sony has introduced gesture and voice controls to the PS4 using the refreshed Camera peripheral.

Confirming the new PS4 feature during the Sony keynote at the Tokyo Game Show, the functionality was originally alluded to at the beginning of this month.  

The PlayStation Camera for PS4 will also be able to offer facial recognition, with the PS4 automatically logging gamers into their account, similar to the functionality offered by the Xbox One.

Any additional functionality has yet to be divulged by Sony, but the Japanese manufacturer was bound to take advantage of the increased hardware specs inside the PlayStation Camera.

During a video demonstration at the GameStop convention in August, SCEA’s Group Manager of Retail Training and Advocacy Sean Coleman, also referenced the PlayStation Camera’s  new features.

“From navigational voice commands to facial recognition, the PlayStation Camera adds incredible innovation to your gaming,” said Coleman. “When you add the PlayStation Camera into the mix, the pair work together to expand upon system features and enhance your PlayStation 4 experience. The new stereoscopic lenses track your body movements in game or even recognise your face for easier system navigation.”

The PlayStation Camera will retail for around £55 in the UK, sold as a separate accessory rather than being bundled with the PS4 as Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One and Kinect.

Sony was originally considering including the Camera in the box, but has since deliberately decided to remove it in order to keep the cost of the PS4 low.

The PS4 release date has been set as November 29 in the UK, with a price tag of £349. This means the Sony console retails at £80 lower than the £429 Xbox One price.

Gamers can still purchase the PS4 and PlayStation Camera together for less that it would cost to get an Xbox One.

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