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Future PS4 Update Could Improve Console’s Voice Recognition Features

by Damian Seeto


It appears Sony might be releasing a future PS4 update that will improve on the console’s voice recognition features.

Sony has put up a job description looking for a “Senior Staff Software Engineer”. The person will be working at SCEA’s Research and Development Organization. The applicant is to support Sony’s “PSVR SDK development for all PlayStation games for current and future platforms“.

Here are the responsibilities of the job:

  • To provide the PSVR SDK support, coordination, and improvement for all games and to PS4 system for multi languages, particularly for Japanese. Including AEC support, VSH integration, and performance debugging for applications.
  • To help handle/compile standard web based grammar support for multi-languages for voice recognition grammar and dictionary.
  • To improve runtime voice recognition system level optimization (including CPU optimization) and sample voice applications for many languages, particularly for Japanese.
  • To help maintain the code level security checking to meet PS4 system software requirement.
  • To help implement, improve and handle CSR language modeling and automatic pronunciation generation for multiple languages.
  • To help improve voice recognition accuracy and out-of-vocabulary rejection rate for noisy speech, kid’s speech, and emotional speech with limited CPU and memory for multi languages.
  • To conduct variety of testing and developments of robust automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies in various kinds of condition, include room and noises in Japan market.
  • To help testing and improvement of automatic multiple language grapheme-to-phoneme conversion.

Voice recognition features are currently limited when it comes to PS4 apps and video games. It appears Sony wants to expand on this in the future. It’s unlikely the upcoming 2.50 PS4 update will improve voice recognition features, but a future update might.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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