PS4 Voice Recognition Is Surprisingly Casual

Here's a game you can play on your PS4 without leaving the main menu. 1) Plug a PlayStation Eye Camera into the console or a headset into the controller. 2) Say "PlayStation" 3) And then start naming games you've installed. Important! — > Be playful. Try variations.

I did that and happily discovered that PS4 games appear to be programmed to respond to a variety of versions of their names. Same way I would respond to "Stephen", "Steve" or "Kotaku boss of bosses", more or less.

I first ran the test at home this morning and got the following results for a batch of games:

Need For Speed: Rivals

"Need for Speed" (worked)

"Need for Speed Rivals" (worked)

"Need for Speed Most Wanted" (failed, appropriately enough)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

"Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag" (worked sporadically)

"ACIV" (worked)

"Black Flag" (worked)

"Creed IV" (worked)

"AC" (worked sporadically)

Call of Duty: Ghosts

"Call of Duty" (worked)

"Call of Duty Ghosts" (worked)

"COD" (failed)

"Ghosts" (failed)

Battlefield 4

"Battlefield 4" (worked)

"Battlefield" (worked)

"BF4" (failed)

Lego Marvel: Super-Heroes

"Lego Marvel Super-Heroes" (worked sporadically)

"Lego Marvel" (worked sporadically)

Note how some of those will probably need to be patched out in a year when sequels come out.

I ran this name-game test again at work today. You can hear those results in the video up top. The outcome was a little different and a little funnier. They've even anticipated mispronunciations of some games. Neat.

I now turn it to you, the great people of the internet... test this out on a PS4 of your own and let me know in the replies below if any particularly unusual names work. I'm so hoping that some game developers programmed their games to respond to joke names.

As for Xbox One, I've run similar tests on that console, and it seems that the "Xbox, go to..." prompt requires the speaker to use the full, official name of the game. Anything more casual than that didn't work for me. Again, let me know if your results vary. Add them below.


    I haven't tried to use any causal names on the Xbox one

    You can use variations on the xbox as well, "goto assassins" works for example.

      Really? I always have o say the whole game name, which is annoying for "assassins creed iv black flag" or other games with long names.

      I just say go to 'assassin's creed' and it works.

    If you're a little bit more adventurous, you can log the URLs that the PS4 looks at for game/voice pronunciation.

    For example, the pronunciations for AC4 can be seen at the following:

    You can see that the following words structures are a possible match: Assassin's Creed Four, AC Four, Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Quatre, AC Quatre ... (might be limited by region).

    The actual speech recognition uses phonemes:

    The more you know.

    Last edited 04/12/13 7:14 pm

    You got speech recognition and voice recognition mixed up. What you described in the article is speech recognition.

    I highlight the game and push x, works flawlessly :P

      I was highly amused when my friend showed me his XBone and tried to launch Ryse.
      "Xbox, launch Ryse (something something)"
      (Repeat 3 times, finally launches after about 20 seconds of trying)

      And yet he was holding the controller the whole time ...

        Education issue, not a hardware issue.

        'Xbox, go to Ryse, Son of Rome' works fine.

          Well that's what he was doing (maybe my parenthesis didn't make it clear that the quote wasn't exact), it just didn't really pick up on it.

          Software recognition issue, not an education or hardware issue.

          Click on Ryse to launch works fine, too :P

          Last edited 05/12/13 7:02 pm

    What will be interesting in the way of voice recognition is when we start to see some Japanese titles that have names that aren't actually real words, particularly with how strict the Xbox One is with it at the moment. Imagine trying to say the name of such games as "Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel", "Suikoden Tierkreis" or "Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy".

    Yea I have done it multiple times and very few times I had to repeat myself. So it's not bad at all. Another thing Sony did well on

    I think if you hold L2 or R2 and say the name of the game (don't have to say "playstation") it will go straight to the game and start it.

      Don't know if I trust your advice, given your avatar pic.

        Hahah I need to change it, I added it ages ago. But seriously:

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