New PS3 EyeToy Announced


Thanks to reader Børt Erik Sørbo for sending this in! Sony announced theyir new next-gen EyeToy which unfortunately does not look to be HD in any way, shape or form. :(

[Note that this press release is from Sony Europe, I assume a press release for North America is coming...]

[Kotaku is reporting that the release date for NA is this summer as well.]

London, 26th April 2007. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced the arrival of the next-generation PLAYSTATION®Eye camera.

Scheduled for a Summer release in Europe, PLAYSTATION Eye is an essential accessory for voice, video chat and online gaming that will enable gamers to enjoy their PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) experiences like never before.

Designed specifically for PS3 and featuring huge advances in USB camera and microphone technology, PLAYSTATION Eye is set to revolutionise the experience of online communication on the PLAYSTATION®Network. Expanding on the market-leading heritage of the EyeToy® USB Camera for PlayStation®2, the sophistication of the PLAYSTATION Eye naturally complements the advanced features and capabilities of PS3 – all in one slickly designed, unobtrusive unit.

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 the spoken word for smoother, more accurate speech recognition and transfer
* The ability to capture videos and audio clips directly to your PS3’s hard disk drive
* Engineered to perform well even in low-light conditions
* A range of different capturing modes, including slow motion and time-lapse
* Faster frame rate for improved tracking, responsiveness and smoothness
* Two position zoom lens for close-up and full body options
* A range of eye-catching visual effects to apply to photos and videos
* Bundled with EyeCreate™ editing software, which allows users to save and edit photos, video and audio clips

David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe said, “PLAYSTATION Eye is a great example of how we have moved forward so significantly with our technology. PLAYSTATION Eye has four times the resolution, twice the framerate and double the sensitivity of its predecessor EyeToy USB Camera. With the technology that we now have at our disposal we will be able to dramatically improve the communications experience enjoyed on PS3”. EyeCreate software EyeCreate editing software, bundled free with PLAYSTATION Eye 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 professional looking movies.

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 56º field of view to capture head and shoulders action for close-in audio-visual chat, and a 75º field of view to capture the whole body for a fully physical gaming experience.

Technical Specifications:

· 4 channel audio input:16 bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90db
· 56º to 75º Field of View zoom lens
· 2.1 F-stop, <1% distortion, fixed focus (25cm to 8 at 75º 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
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For more information contact:
SCEE Press Centre
Tel: +44 (0)20 7859 5000
Email: scee_presscentre@scee.net
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. As at 30 Jan 2007

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 102 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of December 2006, over 44 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 115 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of December 2006, over 8 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 24 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Martin on April 26th, 2007

    Looks great, when will it be out?

  2. #2 by Gary on April 26th, 2007 [ 1780 Points ]

    You could position the camera so it faces the screen and capture some of your finest gaming moments, save it ti the HDD and send it to your friends and stuff, right?

    8)

    That’s a pretty impressive camera (the specs not the look). I’m also guessing you could be able to have a video chat with anyone on your buddies list that also have the PLAYSTATION Eye?

    Eye of Judgment has also been dated as Autumn and that comes bundled with the Eye but the camera is going on sale in Europe sometime this summer.

  3. #3 by Henning on April 26th, 2007 [ 0 Points ]

    Well Gary, you can already do the video chat thing with the PS2′s camera on the PS3, so I assume that this would work…

  4. #4 by Doodlepants on April 26th, 2007 [ 490 Points ]

    Nice framerate on that camera ! Will be great for video chats !

  5. #5 by ben on April 26th, 2007

    nice, PES7 better make use of it.

  6. #6 by Segitz on April 26th, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    Sadly, its not much HD in terms of its specs :(

    Only 640×480 (VGA) resolution is ok, but not HD in any way.

    But 60Hz is very well, imho

  7. #7 by ehandlr on April 26th, 2007 [ 44542 Points ]

    Even if the camera is in standard definition…couldn’t the overlay/masking/whatever its called be in high def?

    either way…I can’t wait for Eye of Judgement.

  8. #8 by MetalProxy on April 26th, 2007 [ 3426 Points ]

    No High Def? Its good to see the frame rate will be improved from the first eyetoy. Its seems like there is a 15 second delay with the chat room camera, and it looks 16 Bit .

  9. #9 by Michael on April 26th, 2007

    Another promise downgraded. HD to no HD. I thought is sounded far fetched, but if Sony says HD, it should be so.

  10. #10 by yodaddy on April 27th, 2007

    when can I buy this ?

  11. #11 by ehandlr on April 27th, 2007 [ 44542 Points ]

    Wizards of the Coast is making the cards for Eye of Judgement!!!!! Thats awesome!

  12. #12 by Jast3r Rogu3 on April 27th, 2007

    Looks freaking awesome.

  13. #13 by Pc on April 28th, 2007

    This new Eyetoy seems like it will be badass !! I will deffinately be buying one :)


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