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Rumour: PlayStation 4 Will Ship with an Upgraded EyeToy

Posted by Sammy Barker

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According to prolific rumourmonger VGLeaks, the impending PlayStation 4 will be accompanied by an upgraded EyeToy that will keep tabs on you while you play. The so-called ‘Dual Camera’ – which has also been hinted at in a series of EDGE reports – will apparently feature a pair of wide-angle lenses, each boasting a resolution of 720p. The unit will also supposedly include four microphones.

The report explains that the device will be used for non-gaming tasks such as video chat and facial recognition, while it will also be capable of precise head and hand tracking. It’s worth noting that there’s no mention of Kinect’s body tracking technology, so this definitely sounds like an evolved version of the EyeToy rather than a direct response to Microsoft’s motion gaming solution.

The peripheral will apparently be bundled with every PS4 console, which sounds like a risky move to us. On the one hand, it would allow the platform holder to ensure that all consumers have access to the same technology, allowing it to make better use of the hardware. But on the other, it could drive up costs. Perhaps the camera will be included with a premium model of the next-generation console?

Sony’s been dabbling with augmented reality for over a decade now, so a camera always seemed like an inevitable add-on for the PS4. It will be interesting to see how much of a priority the peripheral is, though, especially with overseas reports suggesting that the unannounced console will include “new playing options” as one of its primary hooks. Again, take all of this with a pinch of salt until 20th February.

[via vgleaks.com, edge-online.com]

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User Comments (9)

hamispink

#1

hamispink said:

I'm not sure how I feel about this. My first though when I saw this rumor is that it would mean that everyone with a PS4 would have a Mic, which would a huge enhancement for Playstation multiplayer, given the scarcity of finding a game online where even half the people are using a headset.

As far is Kinect style play is concerned, I'm not a fan. I don't want to be up and about for 99% of the games I play, and "better with dual camera" gameplay such as head tracking and voice recognition doesn't interest me in the slightest. The other issue, which the article pointed out, is whether the inclusion of the camera with every console sold could result in higher prices.

Even if this rumor turns out to be true, I still expect there to be a baseline $400 model, if only because I really want it to be true, and because I think Sony is more worried about netting more sales, then they are about pushing another accessory.

BornOfEvil

#2

BornOfEvil said:

It seems like Sony is trying to keep an Eye on us. Get it, because it's called an... Oh forget it.

rjejr

#3

rjejr said:

Didn't see this coming, though I assume the new Kinexbox will have an HD Kinect in every box and promote Win 8, IE 11 and Skype and basically forgo games.

This would make sense if Sony goes with the patented double headed split Move/DS3 controller in every box. Though I think the Wii, Kinect and Move have proven that motion is a niche, and not a very good one.

Though now that I think about it, some "Smart" tvs are starting to come with built-in video cameras so I guess it makes sense that all new video game consoles have one. Unless of course it costs too much as already stated.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/your-tv-watching-you-latest-models-raise-concerns-483619

Jaz007

#4

Jaz007 said:

The next evolution of the eye could really be bad for Microsoft as it could easily do what the kinect does so Microsoft would lose that advantage plus Sony has the move as well so Sony would undoubtedly gain a total advantage over Microsoft in motion.

Ginkgo

#6

Ginkgo said:

Can't imagine them not coming out with a competitor to Kinect. Had to happen.

Stuffgamer1

#8

Stuffgamer1 said:

Could be the camera will be built into the UI, therefore necessitating every system coming with one. Only time will tell...

charlesnarles

#9

charlesnarles said:

I doubt they'd be allowed to violate anybody's rights by watching you thru the camera lol. Computers have potential for that to happen via a hacker, but Sony could just hardwire a physical firewall in there and prevent all hax0rz by disabling that way of it communicating with the Internet. Anyways, I'm down to experiment with a dual camera thing, esp topographical facial capture (my virtua tennis 4 char has my cat's face)

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