Xbox One Kinect can understand two people speaking at once, PS4 counters with camera bundle:

October 2, 2013

Xbox ONE kinect actually can understand two people speaking at once. Creepy as hell, if you ask me. Reminds me to HAL 9000 from Space Odyssey, movie.
Also has a built-in microphone array, so it will be able to detect where sounds are coming from. So in case you fart or something like that, you can’t longer blame the dog for that. ;)
This being said this *New* Kinect has a lot of potential but Sony has another ACE under their sleeve.

Sony confirmed to Eurogamer that a new PS4 bundle will ship in Europe to compete head-to-head with the base-line €500 Xbox One. For the same price as Microsoft’s core offering.
So they DO NOT want to lose this price battle and lose costumers.
We can’t say much about how PS4 camera will perform nor if has the same specifications of Kinect.
M$ is going at full speed with Kinect meanwhile Sony label their Camera as PS4 Camera, nothing else.

With this bundle Sony expects to get more sales and lure more future costumers to get that bundle instead of MS one with Kinect fully equipped and ready to go.
Bare in mind this prices are for Europe.

To quote:

The original Kinect sold extremely well for a mid-generation add-on, but it just wasn’t able to deliver a useful experience in many real-world situations. With the impending launch of the Xbox One, it seems that Microsoft is gearing up to make the new version of the Kinect actually work as advertised this time around. According to Microsoft, the next-gen Kinect is capable of understanding two people at the same time. It sounds very impressive, but it remains to be seen if this will lead towards exciting new kinds of games, or if it’s all just double-talk.

At the Eurogamer Expo in the UK, Microsoft’s Phil Harrison laid out some details about what the new Kinect is actually capable of doing. The Kinect has a built-in microphone array, so it will be able to detect where sounds are coming from, and actively pair the voice commands with the individual who issued them. It’s not exactly clear how Microsoft intends on processing the audio input, but this could be incredibly interesting if it actually works. Imagine playing a quiz game where you could simply blurt out the answer, and the Xbox One could determine who answered first. It has a lot of potential, but the burden falls on Microsoft to properly incentivize developers to take advantage of this tech going forward.

PS4 Bundle Not to be outdone, Sony is flexing its accessory muscles as well. Sony confirmed to Eurogamer that a new PS4 bundle will ship in Europe to compete head-to-head with the base-line €500 Xbox One. For the same price as Microsoft’s core offering, Europeans can snag a PS4, a copy of Killzone: Shadowfall, the PS4 camera, and two DualShock 4 remotes. As with the PS3, this region is extremely important for Sony’s continued success, so it’s no surprise that the Tokyo-based company isn’t pulling any punches in the European market.

Earlier this month at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony went out of its way to promise that the PS4 camera is on-par with the Kinect. Voice and gesture control are baked in at the OS level, so we should see very similar concepts being implemented on both consoles. Even though the camera doesn’t ship alongside all PS4s, the reasonable $60 price and impressive bundles might just be enough to convince consumers to buy into the promise of a Minority Report-like UI. When November rolls around, we’ll get to actually compare the two peripherals against each other, and see which hardware comes out on top. If the $60 PS4 camera delivers what Sony promises, Microsoft’s $500 pricing gambit might have to go right out the window.

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