Rare 'investigating' natural speech recognition for Kinect

Microsoft developer "most interested" in improving conversation with Xbox

Rare is currently "investigating" tech to make Kinect understand more "natural conversation".


Rare's David Quinn, who worked on Kinect Sports and its sequel, says that's one of the main areas the peripheral could improve. "We pushed speech pretty hard in Sports 2, but it was also a very say-what-you-see approach; in golf, you change clubs [by saying] 'four iron', kind of thing."

He went on: "What I'd like to see and what we're investigating now is a more natural conversation way of talking to the Kinect, so you can say, 'Hey, caddy, give me a five iron,' or 'Hey, caddy, what should I use now?'"

Quinn later told Gamasutra that he was impressed with Mass Effect 3's use of voice in such a core-style game. "I think is an excellent use of speech. You can use speech in Kinect in a more core title, and it really demonstrated that. I think from here on in you'll see a lot of speech in core games," he said.

We wonder if he'll be impressed with FIFA 2013 using Kinect voice to allow players to tell the ref to F-off.

[ SOURCE: Gamasutra ]