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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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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?

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