Star Trek: Bridge Crew adds voice control

Bossy captains can now order their crew about simply by shouting in Star Trek: Bridge Crew [official site]. No, I know that’s how the VR spaceship-commanding game already how it works in multiplayer, but this is in singleplayer. Ubisoft have rolled in IBM Watson’s voice-recognition technology, which means AI-controlled crewmates can follow orders you holler. Voice control in games is usually a bit wonky but, having watched what happened when Pip & co. played Bridge Crew, I suspect even the worst voice control would be better shipmates than some real people.

The patch should now be live, adding voice control in English only. As for how it works, Ubisoft explain:

“Now voice support is live, you’ll be prompted to accept terms and conditions for using Watson before the feature activates – then you’re good to go. The speech features come into play when the Captain is working with an all-AI crew, or with a mix of AI and human crew-mates. To give an order using the Watson tech, just hold down the ‘Orders’ button and bark your command, ‘fire on my target,’ ‘helm, full speed ahead,’ ‘engineering, transport survivors’ and so on.”

Surely it also supports “engage” and “make it so” or what’s even the point? One of you goggheads, test these vital Star Trek commands. See what happens when you tell people they don’t deserve to wear that uniform. Test whether they know to say “I know” when you tell them you love them.

Playing with voice control is probably easier than trying to wrangle a crew of people who also own cybergoggles. Not as much fun, because AI crewmates won’t bicker like spacechildren and you can’t throw books at them, but easier.


  1. bramble says:

    Uh, what exactly does Chewbacca and Han Solo have to do with Star Trek? The writers at RPS are just embarrassing themselves.

  2. Solidstate89 says:

    Man, Farscape was the shit. That show was one of the best to come from the Sci-Fi network.

    Thank you Alice for that reminder today. Thank you.

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      particlese says:

      Thanks indeed.

      The alt text even came to my head immediately in D’argo’s voice, despite beginning with “Commander Data”. Him talking in the picture surely helped, but it made me happy he was still rarin’ to go after a couple years.

    • Nosebeggar says:

      Just rewatched the whole thing. Farscape is now 15 years old and it doesn’t get any worse. Best sci-fi show imho.

    • frelled says:

      Seeing that pic just made me happy!

  3. Jovian09 says:

    Guys, this is a Star Trek article but that thumbnail is clearly from Babylon 5.

  4. Boingo 420X says:

    Actually that’s Kar D’argo and John Chrichton from Farscape, but,yeah, what do they have to do with Star Trek

    • Michael Manning says:

      No actually, that’s Worf and Data.

    • VisibleMachine says:

      Who or what is StarScape?

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        particlese says:

        It’s a largely planet based third person space shooter where a rogue AI engages in shenanigans across the moons of Saturn and is punctuated by some surprisingly excellent FMVs starring Lexx’s wonderful Claudia Christian.

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          particlese says:

          OMG amphibology! The game – not the AI – was punctuated by FMVs. And wacky bonus levels. And maybe semicolons; I don’t recall that particular point.

    • bramble says:

      Lol that is 100% Han Solo encased in kryptonite. Please learn ur history…

  5. Fade2Gray says:

    It’s amazing how many people don’t recognize the earlier Doctor Who episodes.

  6. Xipheas says:

    Some people are clearly not used to the ‘ongoing jokes’ and have in fact, fallen victim to them. :-)

    • Ben says:

      Finally! I check every one of these to see if anyone does, whether I’m interested in the story or not, and this is the first time!

      • teije says:

        Fail to see any jokes in these comments, just a deplorable lack of classic sci-fi knowledge on display. The alt-text is very clear.

  7. SkvettLopheim says:

    Saw the pic and just registered after several years of only reading the comments to say: Thanks for making me laugh!

  8. TheAngriestHobo says:

    Frell yes.

  9. The Algerian says:

  10. GrumpyCatFace says:

    Oh man, I miss Battlestar Galactica. Great reference, Alice! Just too bad that all of these n00bs have no idea what the early Cylons looked like.

  11. B3tanTyronne says:

    Avon and Servalan – that was a great episode of `Blakes 7`

  12. Levity says:

    On one hand, I love Farscape… Which tempts me to leap, frothing at the mouth like the mad dog I am.

    On the other… I feel I’m missing something, here. Some in-joke, of some kind. The cautious dog within me makes me pad at the boundary.

  13. Ejia says:

    That picture of Lead and Silver above proves that a Sapphire and Steel revival is long overdue.

    All that’s needed is a couple of actors who look attractive while staring off into space and being moderately rude to other people.

  14. dangermouse76 says:

    Gandalfs let himself go.