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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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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.

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