PS Eye coming to PS3 this summer

by W. Andrew Powell

Playstation EyePlaystation 3 owners will get a chance to play with video this summer as Sony has announced their next-generation Playstation Eye camera. Following in the steps of the EyeToy, which was available for the PS2, the PS Eye camera includes a built-in microphone, a zoom lens for close-ups, and comes with EyeCreate software to edit your video and images.

Although the PS3 is designed to take full advantage of HD video quality, it should be noted that the PS Eye camera has a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 at 60 frames-per-second, and 320 x 240 at 120 frames-per-second. Considering what it would cost to buy an HD quality camera, that’s probably for the best for anyone not wanting to spend a lot on their accessories. No retail price has been announced yet.

Using the camera you’ll be able to record with different capture modes, like time-lapse and slow motion, while the advanced microphone array offers echo canceling and background noise suppression.

In addition, the PS Eye camera includes:
-A sophisticated microphone with the ability to reduce background noise and focus on spoken word for smoother, more accurate speech recognition
-Engineered to perform in low-light conditions
-Faster frame rate for improved tracking, responsiveness and smoothness
-Two position zoom lens for close-up and full body options
-Free EyeCreate editing software, which allows users to save, edit and add cool visual effects to photos, video and audio clips
-EyeCreate also enables user to capture videos and audio clips directly to your PS3’s hard disk drive and access a range of different capturing modes, including slow motion and time-lapse.

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