New Alexa Competitor Will Bring on the Voice of a Remarkable Star Wars and Breaking Bad Villain

Sonos has launched its new voice control software voiced by Star Wars, Breaking Bad and Far Cry 6 villain Giancarlo Esposito.

Esposito, best known for his roles as Gideon in The Mandalorian and Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, was chosen by Sonos as a well-known voice among American clients.

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

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

Although Sonos won’t be launching the software in the US (and France later this year) until later this year, it said more voices will come to Esposito’s in the future as it expands to more people and places — meaning we’ll be able to see different actors performing. match what is popular in different countries.

The system’s voice control system is apparently designed with privacy in mind, with Sonos making it clear that all commands are only processed in the device and not transferred to the cloud or anywhere else for listening or analysis.

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

“Made purely for listening on Sonos and designed with privacy at its core, Sonos Voice Control delivers the Sonos app experience using just your voice.”

Several celebrities and characters have already arrived on Amazon’s Alexa, headlined by Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Shaquille O’Neal, Deadpool, and R2-D2.

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

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