PS5 voice commands are coming to Sony’s console as part of a new system update that is currently in beta. I’ve been playing with them the last few days and found myself using them more than I thought. Not only do they work great (cheers!), they’ve also helped me rediscover a DualSense feature I almost forgot about: the controller microphone.
You see I had the PS5 DualSense controller‘s microphone has been muted for as long as I can remember. After subjecting some online strangers to the sound of me demolishing a bag of delicious Haribo, I went extremely cautiously to ensure I would never be caught broadcasting my private conversations (and eating habits) to the world again.
I’ve had the DualSense’s mic on mute for so long, in fact, that I forgot it was there. It took me a while to realize, then, that I could use the pad’s built-in mic to activate the PS5‘s new voice commands, something he handles with aplomb.
All the voice commands I’ve tried have registered loud and clear using the DualSense’s microphone, since I’ve correctly pronounced some troublesome words. From finding Knack to putting the PS5 in sleep modevoice commands made navigating and controlling my console a little more exciting than before.
They could be better though. As the video below shows, the PS5 errs on the side of caution, showing a selection of search results when you ask to find a game. Instead of taking me straight to Knack, it also brought me Knack 2, a game I unfortunately don’t have yet. This takes away the immediacy you want when using voice commands, but it’s something I’m sure can be fixed as the feature develops.
The new PS5 voice commands work great! This is using DualSense mic pic.twitter.com/9boiVLkjK9February 10, 2022
The DualSense mic also helped me out of a rather unique situation that some of you may also find yourself in. I recently started playing games on PS5 using a pair of Jubilee Sennheiser HD 58X headphones open, and they sound absolutely phenomenal – especially in games that make the most of 3D audio like Uncharted Collection: Legacy of Thieves.
Problem is, my favorite pair of headphones don’t have a microphone, which makes voice communication impossible. However, instead of reaching one of my many player-focused headphonesI simply pressed the microphone button on the DualSense and undid a few voice commands, quick as a flash.
If you’re comfortable leaving the mute button off, voice commands also make media consumption a more relaxed affair. With the DualSense resting on my coffee table, I was able to tell the PS5 to stop and play media. While watching Netflix love is blind japanthis was particularly helpful as I didn’t have to sit down and hit X every time I wanted to discuss every exciting proposal with my partner.
Now, I’m fully aware that I may be in the minority here, but I still think that talking to technology and hearing it respond is kind of magical – even in 2022. There’s a real chance that some of you might never use them, and that’s understandable. . Voice commands still can’t replace the speed and accuracy of pressing physical buttons, but to me, there’s something undeniably cool about using your voice to communicate with an inanimate object.
It won’t come as a surprise, then, that I was one of the few people who really liked voice commands in Xbox one. Yes, Kinect had its many flaws (too many to go into here), but I never got tired of yelling “Xbox, record this” during an awesome gaming moment, or “Xbox, on” to wake the console from slumber – although it did happen. admittedly make numerous attempts.
Intuitive technology like voice commands will always be appealing to me as there are basically no barriers to entry (strong accents allowing). Everyone immediately understands how to use voice commands, like when you wave your hand under a faucet, and it automatically turns on using a motion sensor. Technology that doesn’t get in the way can be truly magical when done right.
open mic night
The PS5’s voice commands aren’t as varied or as fun as the Kinect’s – at least not yet – but crucially, they work and make Sony’s machine a little more accessible in the process. The chances of your voice registering are no longer a lottery, as the DualSense’s mic is nearby, and I’ve come to appreciate that having a mic on hand when you need one is actually pretty good.
I’m still conscious of accidentally sharing my love of sweets with the world, though.