GTA 5 and speech technology

Since Rockstar announced GTA V fans of the franchise have been interested in many aspects of the game, such as a release date, characters, the story and graphics. There is another feature of the game that seems to have been overlooked and that is speech technology, which for some gamers is as important as the graphics themselves.

Having already covered the issue of MotionScan and how it’s more than likely not going to feature in Grand Theft Auto V, there are other ways to make the game more realistic and how the characters face reacts when they are talking will be of great importance to some gamers.

There is a new technology called Speech Graphics and could be a better system than MotionScan due to that technology requiring less storage space, which is a bigger issue for Xbox 360 users because it would not require as many discs as a game does with MotionScan. The team behind Speech Graphics would be able to work with Rockstar very closely due to the fact they are also based in Edinburgh.

While the technology involved is very complex the idea is not, as their multi-lingual solution uses muscle dynamics and acoustic analysis in order to manipulate a characters face in order for it to match each and every word being spoken.

As yet neither companies have announced any sort of partnership, but according to this article a big developer company and a motion capture studio have begun an integration process. While we have no information as to what companies these are, it’s a strong bet that the triple-A developer mentioned could be Rockstar Games – what do you think?

We hope to hear more about this and other aspects of GTA V next month during the Game Developers Conference 2012, as Speech Graphics will be showcasing their technology and if Rockstar is involved it shows they are trying to stay one-step ahead of the competition.

Looking at the video of the technology in action below it’s easy to see the benefits this would have in a game, along with being less data intensive, but we cannot help thinking the facial expressions still needs some work. The details in the movement of the mouth, muscles and lower part of the face are spot on, but we have noticed how expressionless the upper part of the face is such as the eyes and forehead, which are important when it comes to determining the emotions of a person.

Let’s say this technology were to be implemented into GTA V then more work needs to be done or we could have emotionless characters running around.
If we are to believe that Grand Theft Auto V will still be out this year then Speech Graphics and Rockstar has to be much further into this partnership than we think – if they are the developer of course.


  • Oliver

    Long gone are the days of characters with mouths moving out of synch, being seen as standard, and acceptable. haha.

    • Guest

      What, because some guy said it’d be cool if it were realistic?

      Ask an actual gamer and I bet they have different ideas.
      Most gamers seem to believe we’ve already hit the limit of how detailed and realistic games look and feel.

      In the recently released “Resident Evil: Revelations” for example not only are the mouths not in sync with the talking, but their mouths don’t move at all.

  • Crazyfrog

    Well this article is rubbish, rockstars mocap facial animation was then in featuren that made la noire successful. Also it was plugged alot by rockstar at the time for la noire, more recently I think slaw studio head said that they will be using it for everyone of their games.

    • wampdog29

      They will not be using the tech from LA Noire. You are stuck using real people’s faces on the characters and cannot apply this to created faces. This is the biggest limitation of the mocap facial animation tech.

  • Annoyed

    Oh, so this isn’t going to be in the game, this is just an idea.

    Thanks for wasting my time.

  • bored as %*$#

    uuhhhhnnnnnn taking a dump is far more enrtertaining than this, in fact now that i think of it….

    • Anonymous

      Oh, you.

  • Johnny

    this sucks ass

  • 69star

    The guy looks exactly like Nicholas cage. Wow is he gona be in gta 5 too. I think so I’ve also heard that the game is the whole of San andreas but still not much movement on the issue of entering buildings

    if you don’t mind I am gona go beat my meat over pics of womens feet now. Xnxx wow awesome honestly don’t knock till you’ve tried

    • Highkite

      Dude ur tripping nothing like nic cage

      bit freaky with feet thing too try mens balls much tastier

      Good news if it is San andreas

      try some coke and heroin together

  • Matt

    I think they should be working on some better missions for this time around insted of the speech…

  • Max24f

    that was incredible 

  • TVippy

    Incredible? LoL that level of quality was already achieved in other games.

  • James

    The lip sync is brilliant. Just need some emotion on the upper-face, L.A Noire motion capture was quite impressive tbh.

  • Fergus

    that looks cool to play 

  • sterling

    Dont care. JUST RELEASE THE DAMN GAME. im so sick of GTA IV

    • jo

      i agrea by the time it duze come out the shops will proberly of all gone bust

  • Anonymous

    AS a PC gamer I couldn’t care less about discs. I buy all of my games through steam. And got pleny of space for big games like the GTA franchise.

  • Anonymous

    that guy looks like jimmy hopkins is he the new gta 5 lead or is it just a guse

  • ted

    very impressive and for all the moaning about the upper half of the face, the video is supposed to showcase lip syncing not emotive expression, that would be added in afterwards as well, do you seriously think they would release a triple A game in this day and age where the top half of the face is doing absolutely nothing?