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You can’t use voice commands to turn the PS4 on

Though Sony has confirmed that PS4’s Camera will accept voice commands very much like the Xbox One’s Kinect, you won’t be able to turn the console on with said functionality.

Sony confirmed that the console can’t be “woken” by voice, and apps like Netflix won’t use voice commands to pause or move around through a video. To the point, Sony also confirmed that zero third-party apps will take advantage of the PS4 Camera at launch.

The Camera will log users in using facial recognition and allow a voice command to turn the unit off.

Compare that to the fully-supported Kinect that ships with every Xbox One, and maybe now you’ll understand why Microsoft decided to bundle the peripheral with the console itself.

The PS4 is available in Australia and New Zealand from 29 November, and the Xbox One from 22 November.


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