Mass Effect 3's New Voice Commands Are Xbox 360-only and Here's Why

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Mass Effect 3 is getting Kinect support, letting you issue commands with your voice, letting you play the devil or angel on Shepard's shoulder. If that sounds like a feature you want, note that voice command won't be coming to the PlayStation 3 or PC versions of the game, BioWare says.

While it might make sense for BioWare to also support voice controls in Mass Effect 3 via the PS3's PlayStation Eye or a USB microphone, the game's developers say they aren't planning to support anything but Kinect at this point.


Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson says BioWare is bringing voice commands to Kinect and Xbox 360 because Microsoft's sound and motion-sensing controller is doing the hard work of voice recognition. Kinect's internal hardware is what makes it possible—or at least much easier to get voice commands working—not just its microphones.

Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012.

We'll have more on Mass Effect 3 from E3 2011 soon.

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I can't help but wonder, will "speaking the dialogue options" actually help immerse the player in the game at all?

How will interrupts work? :-P