Sony has today announced the Playstation Eye, the next-generation EyeToy for the Sony PS3. Clearly the EyeToy
has entered its teen years, as it wants everyone to know it's no longer something to just be played with, and has asked that we all drop the Toy
from its name...because it's really grown up now. And, truthfully, it has. I mean, just look at this monstrosity:
The Playstation Eye camera now supports up to 120 frames per second, with a 56 or 75 degree field of view zoom lens (56 closeup, 75 full body). What's more, it's a little more gamer-friendly and functions fully in low-level light.
The microphone also keeps gamers in mind, incorporating multidirectional voice
location tracking, enhanced echo cancelling and background noise suppression. This all means that there will be no need to hold or wear a headset to communicate online.
The Playstation Eye will ship this summer and will come with EyeCreate
editing software. EyeCreate
will allow gamers to save photos, video and audio to the PS3 hard drive, and then manipulate and edit them into "professional-looking movies".
We never brought an EyeToy into Lunabean HQ. There were a couple of reasons for this. First, no EyeToy game ever really piqued our interest. Second, there was always something a little too Big Brother about our TV watching us. Granted, we could get over the latter reason if the former was overcome. Perhaps this next generation Playstation Eye will do just that...maybe.
Read Sony's Press Release for all technical specs
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Sony Press Release
PLAYSTATION Eye brings next-gen communication to PS3
Intelligent Camera and Noise-Cancelling Microphone in One Sleek Package
Offering Expands Gaming and Communication Options
FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer
Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the arrival of the
next-generation PLAYSTATION(R)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(R)3 (PS3(TM))
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(R)Network. Expanding on the market-leading heritage of
EyeToy(R) USB camera for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the
sophistication of PLAYSTATION Eye naturally complements the advanced
features and capabilities of PS3 -- all in one intelligently designed,
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(TM) 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."
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
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 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 for a fully physical gaming
4 channel audio input:16 bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90db
56 degree or 75 degree Field of View zoom lens
2.1 F-stop, < 1% distortion, fixed focus (25cm to 8 at 75 degree 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
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the
entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(R) game console,
the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the PSP(R)
(PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION(R)3
(PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer
Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and
develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one game
console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the PSP system
and the PS3 system for the North American market. Based in Foster City,
Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for
all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.
NOTE: PlayStation, PLAYSTATION, and the PlayStation logo are registered
trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PS3 and PSP are trademarks
of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. EyeToy is a registered trademark of
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners.
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