PS4 speech recognition software tipped by job listing

The next-generation PS4 console could feature voice recognition technology, tipped by a job listing on LinkedIn.

A LinkedIn job listing suggests that Sony could introduce voice recognition technology into the PS4 console.

Advertising for a “Speech Recognition Engineering Intern”, the job role includes assistance with “speech noise reduction, speech detection, recognition, noisy rejection, and grammar processing under various environments.”

The listing goes on to detail job responsibilities including “robust speech feature extraction and signal processing for speech enhancement” and “speech enhance and processing of noisy speech with human voice in the background.”

Any candidate applying for the listed job would be required to “engage [in] some initial research off signal separation and neural network processing,” run evaluation and research on keyword spotting” and also “conduct some experiments on robust small vocabulary CSR with noisy speech.”

Sony could be looking to introduce Microsoft Xbox Kinect-esque features with the PlayStation 4 Eye camera, which was unveiled in February along with the PS4 DualShock 4 controller.

The updated PS4 Eye camera will incorporate two highly sensitive cameras with wide-angle lenses capable of 85-degree diagonal angle views. More importantly for the speech recognition technology, the PS4 Eye has four microphones capable of accurate sound detection and source origination.

The Sony PS4 could potentially introduce hands-free entertainment controls similar to those provided by the Xbox Kinect.

Of course, the LinkedIn job listing doesn’t actually mention the PS4, meaning Sony could integrate such technology into the PS3 or the PS Vita seeing as it already includes a microphone.

We could see Sony demonstrate new PS4 features as well as what the console actually looks like at its pre-E3 briefing on June 10.

The PS4 was unveiled at a dedicated event in February, with the next-gen console playing host to a range of high-end PC components. The next-gen console packs an eight-core x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU with 8GB of GDR5 RAM.

Next, read our Xbox 720 news, rumours and release date roundup and decide which next-gen console you fancy come release date.


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