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E3 2013: See the PS4 Camera in Action in the Playroom

Posted by Sammy Barker

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While the enhanced PlayStation 4 camera doesn’t come bundled with the console, it’s still being touted as an integral part of the system’s setup. This brand new trailer deployed by PlayStation Japan shows off an augmented reality demo known as the ‘Playroom’, which uses a combination of the camera and the DualShock 4 to provide some simple motion controlled gameplay.

In one scene, the camera uses facial recognition to detect the player, and then sends a robot to set his hair on fire. Another sequence shows some weird cyborg things being held captive inside the DualShock 4, and then flicked onto the carpet using the controller’s touch pad. It’s simple stuff, but a decent demonstration of what’s possible with the new peripherals.

Sony hasn’t officially said anything yet, but we suspect that this demo will ship as a free download alongside the camera. Are you planning to purchase the new PlayStation Eye? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (7)

7Vita

#1

7Vita said:

All looks like good fun, and all the better it's an optional extra and we are not having to invest in the camera before it's proven :)

mibtar

#2

mibtar said:

That's pretty much like DS3, move, and vita in one. I know a lot of people hate motion controls, but adding it to the controller wouldn't hurt. It just opens up the DS4 to a lot more possibilities. I hope some developers can really take advantage of the DS4's potentials.

Ginkgo

#3

Ginkgo said:

I'm probably in the minority, but I have been waiting to hear more about the new PS Eye and how it will compete with Kinect. Hmm. Not sure that this helps answer that question.

BornOfEvil

#4

BornOfEvil said:

I would actually play this, it looks really fun. It would also appeal to my nephew who always wants to watch me play my PS3. Media Molecule also has something that will make use of the Eye, hopefully that's enough to get the LittleBigPlanetians to go out and buy one.

MidnightManiac

#5

MidnightManiac said:

I've always been a fan of the PSeye (I use it to video chat with my folks back in the UK), I hope I'll be able to use the new system to chat with PS3 users. The only thing that worries me is that PSeye had some funky tech demoes like this and they didn't go anywhere. Does anyone remember the cool tank tech demo for the eye, you could draw anything and the eye turned it into a tank, looked like a 4-player game too.

coroum

#6

coroum said:

So nothing for move i guess.... This would be the only reason i would buy the ps4... Move and camera good games...

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