By Nigel Boys
Dan Ackerman, technology writer for CNET, has just finished comparing the facial recognition capabilities of the PlayStation 4 camera and Xbox One Kinect. Here are some of the results of his comparison.
According to Ackerman, both game systems can be used to log on users using facial recognition through the use of proprietary camera technology but he decided to test just how good their facial recognition was.
The technology writer gave both systems various tests including whether they would recognize his face with or without glasses, wearing a hat and after he had shaved off his beard.
The Xbox One recognized Ackerman during a standard recognition trial, when he was wearing a hat and after he shaved off his beard. However it completely failed to recognize him when he removed his eyeglasses.
In comparison the PlayStation 4 recognized the reviewer whether he was wearing his eyeglasses or not, but failed to see who he was when he wore a hat.
In order for the PlayStation 4 to reliably recognize your face, you have to take a series of shots from different angles and if you want it to be more reliable, you should take shots in different lighting conditions or surroundings, wrote Ackerman.
During the start of the testing of the PlayStation 4, the reviewer found that it also logged on other people who had similar facial features to his account. He added that the more information you give the system, the more reliable it becomes.
Next the reviewer turned to the capabilities of the Xbox One camera, which is apparently more sensitive. Ackerman found that this system was easier to setup for facial recognition as you didn’t have to input so many different shots of your face.
The reviewer went on to say that the Xbox recognized him almost immediately he came into view of the camera and logged him on to their list of recognized players. However, when he removed his glasses it only recognized him as a guest player until he put them back on.
In conclusion, Ackerman recommends that, users who just want to log on and play games without going through all the rigmarole of taking lots of facial shots should choose the Xbox.
The Kinect camera comes included in the price of the Xbox console at $499 but you have to add $59 to the $399 price of the PlayStation for their camera.