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Broadcast yourself... to your PlayStation 3
Sony drops the toy from its camera accessory for PlayStation Eye

Sony Computer Entertainment today officially revealed the next-generation equivalent of the original EyeToy aimed at PS2 software. The new hardware version drops the toy factor, adds USB 2.0 and is simply dubbed the PlayStation Eye, scheduled for a summer release.

"With the release of PlayStation Eye we will be able to dramatically enhance the consumer's PS3 experience," said Richard Marks, research and development at Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Beyond audio/video chat and the ability to save videos to your PS3 hard drive, PlayStation Eye opens up a whole new world of entertainment options and adds a new dimensions to games across multiple genres."

Designed specifically for PS3 and featuring huge advances in USB camera and microphone technology, PlayStation Eye is an accessory for voice, video chat and online gaming on the PlayStation Network. Key features of the PlayStation Eye include a new camera capable of a frame rate of 120 frames per second at 320 x 240, or 60 frames per second at  640 x 480, even in low-light conditions. The adjustable zoom lens features a 56 degree field of view to capture head and shoulders action for close-in audio-visual chat, and a 75 degree field of view to capture the whole body.

On the audio side of things, the PlayStation Eye features a four microphone array, incorporating multidirectional voice location tracking, enhanced echo cancelling and background noise suppression for clear audio chat without the need to wear a headset. Each of the four channels has is capable of 16 bits, 48kHz and SNR 90db.

Bundled with each PlayStation Eye will be the EyeCreate editing software, which allows users to save photos, video and audio clips to your PS3 hard disk drive. Different capture modes like time-lapse and slow motion and other visual effects will be at the user’s disposal. Files may be saved as uncompressed video or using optional JPEG compression.

David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe adds, "PlayStation Eye is a great example of how we have moved forward so significantly with our technology. PlayStation Eye has four times the resolution, twice the framerate and double the sensitivity of its predecessor EyeToy USB Camera. With the technology that we now have at our disposal we will be able to dramatically improve the communications experience enjoyed on PS3."

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Part of the game
By GoatMonkey on 4/26/2007 10:28:35 AM , Rating: 2
I've been hoping that one of the console manufacturers would have a camera that was good enough to be used as part of a game like Dance Dance Revolution. It could add arm movements to the game, maybe you would need to wear reflective gloves or something.

In a first person type game you could have a camera to track things like ducking and dodging punches, or crouching behind a wall. I actually miss the old style games where you aim with an actual gun controller.

It seems like you could do all of your movement on a dance pad style controller, while aiming with a gun style controller. You could control strafe type movement with the left and right buttons on the dance pad and control turning by aiming the gun toward the sides of the screen.

RE: Part of the game
By Houdani on 4/26/2007 10:43:04 AM , Rating: 5
If you're willing to flail about in front of a camera while wearing a body leotard with ping pong balls glued to it, then I'm willing to post the video of you doing that for everybody's entertainment. :D

RE: Part of the game
By retrospooty on 4/26/2007 11:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
good point, and a good time to buy youtube stock LOL.

RE: Part of the game
By rykerabel on 4/26/2007 12:36:29 PM , Rating: 2
If you've never used the PS Eye, then don't claim any knowledge.

Check out this for some ideas:

RE: Part of the game
By GoatMonkey on 4/26/2007 1:00:38 PM , Rating: 2
It's easy to laugh, but look at the success of the wii and you can see that this is the direction games are going. It sounds pretty stupid to swing your controller like a golf club or bowling ball too.

RE: Part of the game
By encryptkeeper on 4/26/2007 4:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
This is different from the Wii controller. It's just a camera based game, but all the games Sony made for the first Eyetoy were lame and uninteresting after 5 minutes, like touching shapes and dodging fake things coming at you. This is never going to catch on like the Wiimote. The Wiimote adds a bit of realism to the experience with the motion sensing ability and the speaker. You're still controlling what happens with the Wiimote instead of reacting to what's happening with the Eyetoy.

RE: Part of the game
By GoatMonkey on 4/26/2007 6:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
I guess everyone stopped reading my post after the first sentence. There is no reason that this camera can not be used in combination with devices like the wiimote or other similar devices to get more accurate positioning of the player. Actually two or more cameras would give more accurate positioning also.

RE: Part of the game
By encryptkeeper on 4/26/2007 3:56:38 PM , Rating: 4
The first Eyetoy games were so lame though...It was fun for about 2 minutes and then you just wanted to turn the damn thing off. And who doesn't already have a webcam for the other features this one will include?

RE: Part of the game
By EclipsedAurora on 4/27/07, Rating: 0
RE: Part of the game
By Scorpion on 4/28/2007 2:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need the ping pong balls. It isn't a necessary thing for a CV app to detect arm,head,leg,body orientation, etc... All of the research is done and is out there. I just wonder how much will be incorporated into this thing.

The ping pong ball thing is for hollywood movies. And research has been done to do the same work without them. The ping pong balls simply provide a good reference point for joints for relatively simple algorithms to run in realtime to capture body position. Technology has improved and this will soon no longer be necessary. Besides, for a PS3, they are not looking for the most accurate estimate, simply a sufficient one that is low-cost reasonable solution.

RE: Part of the game
By bkm32 on 4/26/2007 12:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
This a great peripheral and much needed for the PS3 faithful. However, I was hoping someone would/could come up with a motorized camera that is controlled using the game controllers. I'm sure most of the feature-set allows this, but I really mean the actual panning of the camera.

RE: Part of the game
By Ravenlore on 4/26/2007 12:52:04 PM , Rating: 3
I have been saying this for a while but as others have resonded I would like to expand on it.

IT IS NOT a huge movements like a bird taking flight, or any other nonsence that people need to laugh about.

Use of the camera and dance pad for foot movement would be more and include movenments that the dance pad does not have as it is now. ]

Like the analog stick on the PS2 the pad would be presure sinative to pressure and thus resond in kind with on scren movements.

in additnion the axis controler would be the turnig movement, and a head set that can come with a headset could track movement like the I-glasses.

The basic reasons it that in life there are many movements that can not be done in games, but with more addintions being able to process many input devices PS3 can come a lot closer to the robotic movements that we have today. Bring the action more life like than just graphics alone.

I mean really who has not gotten over the whole body head feat conected thing by now. Who ever moves there whole body like a card board cut out?? Your head can move with out your body turning rihgt!! SURE its not perfect because the eyes can move with out the head moving but its a lot closer than what we have now. which IS A 2D BODY moving in a 3D WORLD!!!

RE: Part of the game
By Yeah Yeah on 4/26/2007 2:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
If you're smart enough to post here, you should be smart enough to know the cost of Office. 2 words, spell check.

RE: Part of the game
By dare2savefreedom on 4/26/2007 3:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
If you're smart enough to post here, you should be smart enough to know the cost of openOffice.
2 words, free and freedom.

RE: Part of the game
By Funksultan on 4/26/2007 4:14:30 PM , Rating: 1
Amen! Worst... post... ever!

How can you attempt to grasp the overall change in input methods that we'll be experiencing in the years to come, but still not be able to spell, use grammar, or even form a cogent thought?


RE: Part of the game
By PrezWeezy on 4/27/2007 12:22:32 PM , Rating: 1
I completely agree...but for some reason his post is still rated a 3.

RE: Part of the game
By encryptkeeper on 4/26/2007 4:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
What the hell did you just say?

I mean really who has not gotten over the whole body head feat conected thing by now.

I haven't gotten over it, I like my body and my head and my feet all connected thank you very much.

RE: Part of the game
By encryptkeeper on 4/26/2007 4:17:23 PM , Rating: 3
Damn. Can this guy walk upright?

I can see it now
By nerdboy on 4/26/2007 10:59:46 AM , Rating: 2
TV ad's and website banners, advertising the see me anytime girls with you ps3 you can interact with them. There is always new ways to bring porn and other entertainment to your living room.

RE: I can see it now
By OxBow on 4/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: I can see it now
By Spartan Niner on 4/26/2007 12:36:56 PM , Rating: 5
Technology isn't bad - child predators and criminals are. Technology is an instrument that can be used for good or for evil and has no inherent moral value, good or bad. Responsible use of technology is the key.

RE: I can see it now
By Yeah Yeah on 4/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: I can see it now
By encryptkeeper on 4/26/2007 4:19:07 PM , Rating: 3
People said the same thing about webcams. Stop whining.

Question: Webcams for PCs suck.
By zsouthboy on 4/26/2007 12:33:46 PM , Rating: 2
Since it's USB, I assume we can buy one of these and plug it in, no problem.

I would criticize the PS3 all day long, but I'd buy one of these if the image quality was good, and drivers didn't suck. (Open source? please? Do you know how hard it is to get drivers for stupid devices like webcams for 64-bit OSes?)

RE: Question: Webcams for PCs suck.
By MrPickins on 4/26/2007 2:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC, the original EYE TOY made a better than average webcam, you just need to download drivers.

Hopefully the new one will be the same.

By zsouthboy on 4/27/2007 2:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I'm hoping.. I had heard about the original being better than a crappy webcam.

HD IP Camera?
By Vertigo101 on 4/26/2007 10:08:36 AM , Rating: 2
Surely this isn't what Sony's previously announced "HD IP Camera" scheme has been reduced to. 640x480 is hardly what I was under the impression was coming down the pike.
Will the PlayStation 3 have camera functionality?

The PlayStation 3 will boast an HD IP (High-Definition Internet Protocol) Camera that's essentially the next generation of the EyeToy. The new camera will capture images that match the same screen output as the PlayStation 3 and will work off an Internet address so that it can be used anywhere in the world for use in independent web-cam broadcasts.

RE: HD IP Camera?
By Ravenlore on 4/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: HD IP Camera?
By bkm32 on 4/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: HD IP Camera?
By fliguy84 on 4/26/2007 8:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't 640x480 is already "HD" for video streaming on a webcam?

RE: HD IP Camera?
By Vertigo101 on 4/27/2007 9:29:05 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't 640x480 is already "HD" for video streaming on a webcam?

The new camera will capture images that match the same screen output as the PlayStation 3...

Unless the PS3 is now a 640x480 target platform, this in no way meets the expectations.

Why can't they make good on more than 1 or 2 things they claimed would be integral features of the PS3? Maybe they now understand that more consumers are likely to have surround than HDTVs, but that doesn't mean that this is what they should water it down to.

By crystal clear on 4/26/2007 12:46:35 PM , Rating: 2
TOKYO, JAPAN, April 26, 2007- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) and Sony Corporation (Sony) have jointly announced today that Ken Kutaragi, Representative Director, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will retire from his executive position at SCEI effective June 19, 2007, when SCEI's annual shareholders' meeting will take place. Mr. Kutaragi will pass on the torch to the next generation, stepping back from his executive management responsibility of the company to serve as Honorary Chairman of SCEI.

With his deep and instinctive insight into future technology, Mr. Kutaragi will also continue to support Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation, as senior technology advisor.

Concurrently, Kazuo Hirai, currently President and Group COO, SCEI, will be promoted to President and Group CEO, continuing his responsibility as the leader of the PlayStation® business worldwide.

By behemothzero on 4/26/2007 9:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine putting the camera behind me, holding the controller's right grip with the controller's left side towards the TV (kind of like a gun). Yeah, it's a shooter kind of game, but that would be cool.

Heck, even pressing your back to a wall and looking behind to see the enemies (the TV) would be somewhat realistic. I'm all for this cam.

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