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EyeToy Creator Wants You to Play PS4 Games with Your Eyes

Posted by Sammy Barker

Look left, look right

While we didn’t get a look at the rumoured PlayStation 4 headset during last night’s Spike TV launch livestream, host Geoff Keighley did take us on a tour of the platform holder’s brand new Magic Lab research and development department. Fronted by EyeToy creator Richard Marks, this unit has been established to get the most out of the manufacturer’s next generation system, including the PlayStation Camera and DualShock 4.

One thing that it’s currently working on is eye-tracking, which will supposedly allow you to control games by moving your eyes. While the firm didn’t really reveal a whole lot at this early stage, there was the insinuation that the technology will allow you to move characters or aim by simply looking around the screen. It sounds like an interesting idea, but we’re not entirely sure how practical it will be in actual games. Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that someone’s playing around with the device's new camera.

According to the broadcast, Marks and his team have also hooked up with NASA to bring some kind of space exploration feature to Sony’s new machine. Both of the reveals were very vague, but we’re sure that we’ll be hearing a lot more from Magic Lab over the coming months. Are you intrigued by the idea of controlling games with your eyes? Blink a couple of times in the comments section below.

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Cowboysfan-22

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Cowboysfan-22 said:

Heaven forbid you see something out of the corner of your eye and look away quickly. That would throw you off pretty bad. It's an interesting idea but I can see that being a nuisance. As long as they have the option of turning it off it'll be fine

mibtar

#2

mibtar said:

@Cowboysfan-22 I think if they were going to use eye tracking for aiming it would probably only move the reticle. The looking would probably still be locked to the right stick. So I guess even if you look away it wouldn't mess with your view on screen. The question is how fast can they actually make eye tracking work. Wouldn't be much use for aiming if it's slow.

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