Now, speech-rec pervades all digital corners of our lives. I can voice-control my phone and dictate a paper in Word. I can control my car’s stereo system or navigate to the nearest gas station using speech-rec. I can even opt out of the traditional button-pushing call center and use an IVR system instead.
With the exception of live-action online multi-player games where you talk to other online players, we haven’t really ever been able to talk to our games (at least using our voices – typing answers into the console using your controller has been around for some time for different purposes, but that’s a whole different kind of communication).
The extent to which we’ve chatted with our video game consoles has been limited to screaming curses at digitized zombies.
According to The Verge, though, LG is finally bringing voice activation to your video games.
By incorporating their Magic Remote (originally released for their line of Smart TVs) into a new gaming platform, LG has enabled users to actually be able to talk to their games.
Magic Remote, which has been around for a while, was recently updated with IVR-like speech software that interacts with LG’s Smart TVs. The remote’s speech functions enable users to perform web and content searches as well as to update their Twitter and Facebook feeds all by talking to your TV set.
Not only does this make the user-device interface simpler, applying the same tech to the gaming experience could mean faster communication and perhaps even less stress while fending off a drooling army of zombies.
LG’s new IVR-like gaming integration won’t take off until September, but after its release you can look forward to even easier gaming and maybe even the chance to chat with an attacking zombie.