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Sony Announces PlayStation Eye for PS3
Sony announces they EyeToy's successor in Japan and Europe.
By Andrew Joy 04/26/2007 11:12:38 PST
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PlayStation Eye

With games such as Eye of Judgment and Singstar headed to Sony’s next-gen console, it was only a matter of time before the company announced a PlayStation 3 version of the EyeToy, and we now have that announcement.  Sony today revealed their plans for a summer relaunch of the newly re-branded PlayStation Eye.  Of course, this isn’t just a repackaged version of the same camera we saw last generation, and the PlayStation Eye has several improvements over the original EyeToy.

The camera can now be adjusted, zooming in on just your head and shoulders, or pulling out to include more of your body (making it more practical for some of the classic EyeToy mini-games), and allows for 120 frames per second in 320x240 resolution (60 fps at 640x480). Also, the PlayStation Eye includes a microphone array that allows you to chat (or perhaps even sing) without the need to hold a microphone or wear a headset, making it the perfect accessory for the new Singstar and perhaps even PlayStation Home. And finally, in Japan anyway, the PlayStation Eye comes bundled with Eye of Judgment, a camera based card game. We're hopeful that a similar bundle will be offered in North America, but there's no confirmation of that at this time.  No price has been announced, but more information about the PlayStation Eye can be found in the press release below:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 26, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the arrival of the next-generation PLAYSTATION®Eye camera. Scheduled for a Summer release, PLAYSTATION Eye is an essential accessory for voice, video chat and online gaming that will enable gamers to enjoy their PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) Computer Entertainment System experiences like never before.

Designed specifically for PS3 and featuring huge advances in USB camera and microphone technology, PLAYSTATION Eye is set to revolutionize the experience of both interactive gaming and online communication on the PLAYSTATION®Network. Expanding on the market-leading heritage of EyeToy® USB camera for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the sophistication of PLAYSTATION Eye naturally complements the advanced features and capabilities of PS3 – all in one intelligently designed, unobtrusive unit.

Designed specifically to work with the next generation of social gaming titles and new services being developed for PS3, key features of the PLAYSTATION Eye include:

  • A sophisticated microphone with the ability to reduce background noise and focus on spoken word for smoother, more accurate speech recognition
  • Engineered to perform in low-light conditions
  • Faster frame rate for improved tracking, responsiveness and smoothness
  • Two position zoom lens for close-up and full body options
  • Free EyeCreate™ editing software, which allows users to save, edit and add cool visual effects to photos, video and audio clips
  • EyeCreate also enables user to capture videos and audio clips directly to your PS3’s hard disk drive and access a range of different capturing modes, including slow motion and time-lapse.

“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.”

EyeCreate software

The free EyeCreate editing software, allows you to save photos, video and audio clips to your PS3 hard disk drive and apply eye-catching visual effects to your images. Different capture modes like time-lapse and slow motion open up a world of possibilities to be explored further in EyeCreate’s editing suite, where you can turn your media into professional-looking movies.

New microphone functions

An all-new four microphone array, incorporating multidirectional voice location tracking, enhanced echo cancelling and background noise suppression allows for clear audio chat in even the most noisy of environments, without the need to hold or wear a headset.

Next-generation camera features

A frame rate of up to 120 frames per second allows for super-smooth video and sophisticated low-light operation means that the room doesn’t have to be brightly lit for the camera to deliver crisp, perfectly exposed video. The adjustable zoom lens features a 56º field of view to capture head and shoulders action for close-in audio-visual chat, and a 75º field of view to capture the whole body for a fully physical gaming experience.

Technical Specifications:

· 4 channel audio input:16 bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90db

· 56º or 75º Field of View zoom lens

· 2.1 F-stop, <1% distortion, fixed focus (25cm to 8 at 75º FOV)

· 640 x 480 at 60 frames/second

· 320 x 240 at 120 frames/second

· USB2 high-speed data transfer

· Uncompressed video or optional JPEG compression

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