Supernormal: Voice Recognition of the Horror Game Explained

Published: Jan. 09, 2024
Updated: Jan. 09, 2024

German English

Our horror game expert, Alex, has taken a closer look at the voice recognition feature in the game Supernormal. He explains how and when players can communicate with the ghost.

In this guide, you'll learn:

  • How exactly Supernormal's voice recognition works.
  • Which key activates the push-to-talk feature.
  • At what time players can converse with the ghost girl.

Voice Recognition in Supernormal: Key Assignments, AvailabilitySupernormal How to use Microphone for Voice Recognition

In its latest horror adventure, Supernormal, Hitori de Productions seems to have drawn significant inspiration from the P.T. clone Allison Road and, notably, from Phasmophobia. Just like the latter ghost-hunting hit, Supernormal also features voice recognition, allowing the player (playing as Detective Wyatt) to communicate with a haunting ghost girl at certain times.

Understanding the Voice Recognition Symbolism

But how exactly does initiating contact work? If you select "Voice Recognition" in the main menu of Supernormal (located at the bottom of the screen), you'll find explanations about the symbols, syntax, and basic operation. Check out the screenshot provided for more details.

Supernormal How Voice Recognition Works Guide

Three icons are important during gameplay:

  • A red crossed-out microphone indicates that voice recognition is currently disabled. This means you won't get any response to your questions.
  • A white microphone, often with a vertical level indicator above it, shows that voice recognition is active.
  • A red microphone signals that your voice input is being recorded and processed. If you've asked a supported question, you'll likely get a response.

The screenshot below shows the active voice recognition symbol within a green marker.

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When the voice recognition of Supernormal is active, a microphone symbol appears at the bottom right of the screen.

The Keybinds for Voice Recognition

Next, how exactly does one contact the ghost of the house? Supernormal uses a push-to-talk function, meaning your microphone is activated by pressing a button. Releasing the button stops the game from recording any further voice commands.

The key that activates the microphone is also revealed in the main menu, not under "Voice Recognition," but "Controls." Therefore, you activate voice recognition...

  • On a PC keyboard with the left SHIFT key.
  • On a controller with the left shoulder button (L1) or the left trigger (L2).
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The key assigned to the push-to-talk function in Supernormal can also be found in the main menu.

Supernormal: Possible Voice Commands (Questions)

The house's ghost fortunately understands more than just a few sentences, and it's not completely fixed which voice commands or questions are recognized. In any case, the presumed ghost of 14-year-old Sophia understands the following phrases:

  • Can you help me?
  • Is anyone here?
  • Are you friendly?
  • Where are you?
  • Show yourself.
  • Go away.
  • Do something.
  • What happened?
  • Can you see me?
  • What do you want?

The ghost answers your questions in an unconventional way, namely with knocking sounds. Here...

  • 2 knocks mean "Yes."
  • 3 knocks mean "No."

When Can You Speak to the Ghost?

Important: In the early phase of Supernormal, voice recognition is generally disabled. When you first enter Masato Sakamoto's apartment, you'll quickly witness paranormal phenomena, but communication with the ghost is only possible from a certain point in the game.

This occurs the moment you first see the little girl. This happens in a short film sequence upstairs, where Sophia is lifted and spun in the air by invisible forces. After this cutscene, you'll also get a hint that voice recognition is now active (see the image below).

However, it's worth noting that the supported voice commands only guarantee an effect when the white microphone symbol is displayed. Outside these times, we were also able to provoke reactions; however, they were mostly limited to a slight increase in paranormal activity.

Supernormal has been available on PC via Steam since January 8, 2023. Whether developer Hitori de Productions plans versions for popular consoles like Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S is currently unknown.

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After graduating from high school, I initially wanted to study instrumental music. However, eventually I pursued a career as a video game journalist, which I started at the prestigious Ehapa-Verlag publisher, among others. Today, I share my extensive video game expertise with Guided. I benefit from over 40 years of experience with PC and console games, as well as my work in game development for the indie studio Knights of Bytes. I understand how video games work, and I also know how to convey my knowledge in an understandable manner.
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