Sony Announce EyeToy Follow-Up For PS3

Going simply by the name ‘Eye’ Sony has today revealed tha follow-up to the EyeToy that lead too much drunken fun when played on the PS2 over the last few years. Sony boast that Eye is a next-gen camera system that picks up where the EyeToy left off, the new device is custom built for the PS3 and works as an accessory for voice, video chat and online gaming. 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

PlayStation Eye is a great example of how we have moved forward so significantly with our technology,” says SCEE president David Reeves. “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,” he concluded.

If you are intrested in technical specifications, Sony have announced some of them as well!

• 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