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Want an EyePet? Live in the US? You’re in luck.


It has been scheduled for release before the holiday season, there is no word on an European release date yet but I wouldn’t expect it before the new year. Check out a video of it in action from engadget.

Published on July 28th, 2009 under , ,

Wand is “two generations” ahead?


Sony’s Kish Hirani (head of developer services) and Paul Holman (SCEE’s vice president of research and development) were interviewed by Eurogamer and stated how advanced the ‘wand’ is compared to its rivals;

Eurogamer: So the level of precision and accuracy is greater than with motion controllers already on the market, i.e. the Wii remote?

Paul Holman: Oh, totally. It’s another generation forward, or even a couple of generations. I know in certain games or applications which are out there, people had to sort of fluff it to make it real for consumers. But this stuff is super-accurate and the impact of that is incredible. I think you have to play with it to realise what it will do to games.

In the rest of the interview they try to refrain from talking directly about their rivals but i couldn’t help but notice this. Its quite a bold statement and from the demo at E3 it does look like it can hold ground, but it remains to be seen if it is that much better than Microsoft’s Natal or Nintendo’s MotionPlus.

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Published on July 21st, 2009 under , ,

An Opinion on Sony’s Face Recognition, the Eye and Marketing


I know it was mentioned earlier, but we have slightly more details.

Anyway, the controller apparently is able to perform facial recognition. Not only that, but it can do a variety of other things as well. IGN reports:

it was revealed that the technology can detect the position and direction of player’s heads, as well as their gender, age and certain facial gestures

Sony’s stated that the technology is already there. Not only that, but they also claim that their technology is more accurate than XBox 360’s as well. So now my question is, if this technology is so grand and spectacular, how come we never see anything beyond novelty games? In all truthfulness, I honestly believe it’s how this Eye was revealed to the public and the lack of advertising.

The PlayStation Eye never really had a ridiculous trailer showing the camera in “action” and magically scanning a skateboard deck, including the areas behind the fingers (watch the Natal trailer). Most of what Sony had were just a bunch of tech demos and only pushing Eye of Judgment really. Most of the software released seems like they’re only tech demos as well. Not only that, but has anyone seen any commercials, or ads, for the PlayStation Eye?

If Sony really wants to push this technology, they need to come up with some brilliant ideas to convince consumers (and developers) to buy and invest in these kinds of games. Hopefully, that’s what we’ll start seeing soon, because, since Microsoft revealed ‘Project Natal’, Sony finally seems to be pushing the technology. But is it too late? Sony attended the Develop conference in Brighton, England yesterday. Maybe they convinced developers to start developing these types of games? I hope so. Hopefully, third party developers who have started working on games for Project Natal will also develop the games for the Eye as well, so all of those won’t wind up being 360 exclusives.

In the end, though, I still feel this entire type of fad gaming is a bit overrated and will not last for very long. There will most likely be loads of shovelware (junk games, usually for a quick buck). The Wii, for instance, has lots of titles to play, but about 96% of them are shovelware! I still don’t know why it’s so popular! But here’s hoping Sony can pull this off and compete with both the Wii and 360 on a more successful level, but considering their lack of advertising and bad marketing as of thus far into the PS3’s cycle, it’s going to be a very steep climb. The nice thing is, 360 and PS3 have about even footing in sales, so I feel if Sony pushes the marketing and advertising of their products, sales would boom (especially if they released the Slimline models soon and introduced them with a price cut). They better do it soon, because the Holiday season will be here faster than you think!

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The PSEye:Natal


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Sony said, here, that the PS Eye already has facial recognition just like Project Natal.

“We’ve got a wealth of libraries available,” explained head of developer services Kish Hirani.

Like most gamers out there, I’m left wondering, “Where are these games that support this camera.”

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Published on July 16th, 2009 under , , , ,

Playstation Eye PS3 camera preview. Release date October 31st. EyeCreate software details


Pre-Order The Eye of Judgment for PS3The Playstation Eye camera for PS3 is getting set to bring web-cam chatting and video recording to the next generation of Sony hardware. The camera itself can be attained either bundled with The Eye of Judgment on October 23rd (US), Oct. 24th (EU) and Oct. 25th (AUS), or you can purchase the camera separately on Halloween in the US (October 31st) and in Australia on November 8th (No date for the standalone PS3 Eye camera has been set for Europe yet).

So what are the specific features of the Playstation Eye camera?

PlayStation Eye PS3 camera* Engineered from the beginning to work well in low-light conditions.
* Zoom lens has two settings, normal and wide, with fixed focus (which means less messing around with the camera to try and focus it).
* PlayStation Eye gets a sharp, clear picture at 640 x 480 resolution at 60 frames per second (at 320 x 240 it looks even better at 120 fps)!
* No need to focus, picks up image and motion in varying lighting conditions with ease.
* Built-in 4-microphone array. Allows for built in online audio video chat and in-game voice chat in a “natural environment”, no having to lean into the mic so it picks up your voice or using a headset.
* Excellent at filtering out background noise for a clear voice connection.
* Twice the frame rate of standard cameras. Allowing for faster and more natural tracking, responsiveness and smoothness.
* According to some reports, it’s better than what you can get on PC!
* Chat with anyone on your friends list, anywhere in the world!
* The EyeCreate Software program will be available on the PS3 Network to download for free, and allows you to save, edit and share your Playstation Eye videos, photos and audio clips via your PS3!

In addition to all the above features, the camera can also, of course, be used in games that are in development. The bundled game Eye of Judgment allows for the camera to read special Collectible Card Game cards, scanning them, and bringing the monsters to life. While Singstar for PS3 allows players to make their own personal music videos to share with family and friends! And many more fun programs are in development for the game, including some that will be coming to the Playstation Network soon!

Check out this video to see the kind of wacky stuff you can do with the EyeCreate software.

And below for the trailer for the Playstation Eye itself.

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