The new Alexa competitor will have the voice of a notable Star Wars and Breaking Bad villain

The new Alexa competitor will have the voice of a notable Star Wars and Breaking Bad villain

Sonos has launched its new voice control software that includes the voice of Star Wars, Breaking Bad and Far Cry 6 villain Giancarlo Esposito.

Best known for his roles as Gideon on The Mandalorian and Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Esposito was chosen by Sonos as the trusted voice for US customers.

“Through careful recording, advanced processing, and mastering, the voice is natural, unobtrusive, yet confident and engaging,” Sonos said in its announcement.

The voice control software will be available June 1 in all voice-enabled Sonos speakers, which start at $179 before climbing into the high hundreds.

While Sonos isn’t launching the software until the US (and France later this year), it says more voices will join Esposito’s in the future as it expands to more people and places – meaning that we may see different players corresponding to what is popular in different countries.

The system’s voice control system is apparently designed for privacy, with Sonos making it clear that all commands are processed solely within the device and are not transmitted to the cloud or elsewhere for listening or analysis.

“One of the most natural ways to connect to your music is with your voice, but when we speak to our customers, we hear that privacy concerns are leading many to choose not to use voice control,” said Joseph Dureau, Vice President of Voice Experience.

“Designed exclusively for listening to Sonos, Sonos Voice Control is designed with privacy at its core, providing the Sonos app experience using just your voice.”

Various celebrities and characters have already arrived on Amazon’s Alexa, led by Samuel L. Jackson, but also Shaquille O’Neal, Deadpool and R2-D2.

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Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.

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