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Behind the scenes of PlayStation Eye

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Newsweek
, always known for their hard-hitting interviews, tackles a tough Q&A with Dr. Richard Marks regarding Sony's EyeToy 2.0. The bottom-line? The new PlayStation Eye rocks. Hard. Here are the important details:
  • It's not the "eye," but the "ear" that truly differentiates the new device. The hands-free voice input may be the single most important feature of Playstation Eye.
  • The camera works in extremely low light. Tests showed that just the illumination of a flat-screen monitor was enough to illuminate image subjects.
  • The device supports both 640 x 480 resolution at 60 frames per second and 320 x 240 resolution at 120 frames per second.
  • Playstation Eye was designed to mirror the cost structure of the original EyeToy. Translation: you should be able to afford this.
There's lots more info in the excellent and full article over at Newsweek. Sign us up for one of those badboys! Especially after seeing it in action.

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1. I like the voice feature. so you get to scream things like "ATTACK, MY BLUE EYES WHITE DRAGON". ;)

that'd be sweet, Sony, time to go and buy Yu-Gi-Oh license.

I still have my starter deck from 5 years ago, I would so buy it.

Posted at 9:35PM on Apr 30th 2007 by kingofwale

2. "Playstation Eye was designed to mirror the cost structure of the..."
I thought it was gonna say Playstation 3.. lol...

Posted at 10:05PM on Apr 30th 2007 by 2Perfect

3. @2Perfect....I got that chill too!

Though no price is announced Eye of Judgement is listed for $59.99 and is supposed to include the Eye...seems like a no brainer purchase to me.

Posted at 10:06PM on Apr 30th 2007 by Colin

4. @Colin, if that purchase point is true, that would be a brilliant move on Sony's part.

Posted at 10:08PM on Apr 30th 2007 by John

5. i cant wait to yell profanities into the new eye toy's ultra sensitive advanced mic.

Posted at 10:14PM on Apr 30th 2007 by Sol-Train

6. I am worried though about the proprietary nature of the video...WHY Sony? Open it up for use outside of the Sony world.

-Other Colin

Posted at 10:16PM on Apr 30th 2007 by Colin

7. wow that's not bad. Now we just need someone to hack it and make a cheap, high quality videocam ^_^

Posted at 10:19PM on Apr 30th 2007 by 2Perfect

8. @John...

I'm in Canada so I don't know Gamestop's rep for getting their listed game prices accurate but here is EofJ http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product_id=270007

- Other Colin

Posted at 10:20PM on Apr 30th 2007 by Colin

9. Its designed to work with PS3... aside from the camera part of it, its all proprietary processing software.. the video enhancement, audio filter and localising, gesture recognition, etc.. i.e even if this was opened up, you still need all of Sony's algorithms to use it properly.

Now, why is the video and audio locked to the PS3Eye software.. i dont know.

Posted at 10:24PM on Apr 30th 2007 by humpty

10. There's no way that the $59.99 pricepoint for Eye of Judgement will include this camera. The technology in the camera is just too expensive for that. I imagine the camera itself will be around $75, perhaps as low as $50, but even then it's a steal. A decent webcam costs about $50 as it is, and the PlayStation Eye will be more than a mere 'decent webcam.'

Posted at 10:54PM on Apr 30th 2007 by RichC

11. 640 x 480...that's not really hi-res though, i mean compare to the hdtv's screen..will it look good on it?

Posted at 11:08PM on Apr 30th 2007 by L.J

12. @ both Collins

are you BOTH from Canada??? one of you needs to change sn, this is getting all too confusing. :)

This thing will get hacked in 2 days. I still love the potential when it comes to what it offers. There are a few card games I wouldn't mind getting into. I still stand by that Yu-Gi-Oh card game with this would sell MILLIONS

Posted at 11:19PM on Apr 30th 2007 by kingofwale

13. @KofW

I'm assuming the new BLOGGER Colin's comments will now show his full name???

-Other Colin

Posted at 11:23PM on Apr 30th 2007 by Colin

14. @13

yeah, you'd think so, but I doubt it. lol, I like what you're doing with the "Other Colin" thing, it'd make it easy

until you start blackmailing each other. ;)

Posted at 11:31PM on Apr 30th 2007 by kingofwale

15. How about the Dragon Ball Z Card game, I have around 500 of those from 6-7 years ago.

There is a lot of potential for card games, but what I really want to see is the Minority Report Style Stuff that was in the PS3 EyeToy Demo that they show at events

Posted at 11:54PM on Apr 30th 2007 by sam-evans

16. For tracking and gesture recognition, response rate is much more important than resolution... 640x480 60fps with uncompressed video in poor lighting conditions... is a very good thing.

And, this isnt meant to replace your HD camcorder.., the video captured would always be displayed in a small box for games and you would only ever record small 320x240 clips for upload.. video sharing like Youtube is ready for hdtv just yet.

Posted at 12:28AM on May 1st 2007 by humpty

17. "640 x 480...that's not really hi-res though, i mean compare to the hdtv's screen..will it look good on it?"

It won't look awesome, but it won't be any worse than standard tv broadcasts, or ps2 games. Besides, how many of us want to stare back at ourselves, playing video games, in hi-def?

Posted at 1:33AM on May 1st 2007 by mccomber

18. @sam evans et al...

The Eye of Judgement game is picking up codes printed on the cards (like a UPC symbol called CyberCode)...you're not going to be able to just add your existing card collection in.

-Other Colin

Posted at 1:38AM on May 1st 2007 by Colin

19. "640 x 480...that's not really hi-res though, i mean compare to the hdtv's screen..will it look good on it?"

I watch old episodes of Alf and Quantum Leap on my HDTV, they look just fine at their 640x480. As said above, too, you probably won't be doing full screen performances, either. You guys see the trailer for Eydentify released ages ago? The very idea of interacting with games on that level is awesome.

Posted at 3:48AM on May 1st 2007 by RichC

20. Is it wired or Bluetooth?

Wired I assume, but it would be ace if it was BT

Posted at 4:39AM on May 1st 2007 by Rich

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