The PlayStation 2 EyeToy has grown up. The new PlayStation Eye comes equipped with a USB 2.0 camera and a four-microphone array for multidirectional voice location tracking, enhanced echo canceling, and background noise suppression. It rests on top of your TV or console and stares at you like a droid, capturing your photo for games like EA’s Burnout Paradise and literally transforming your face into a golfer in EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. The camera also offers video chat and video conferencing, as well as a full suite of editing tools that can capture video, decorate digital pictures, and download content to the PS3 hard drive.
This little camera is powerful. It can capture up to 120 frames at 320 x 240 resolution and 60 frames in 640 x 480. It has a digital zoom that captures either a 56-degree field of view or a 75-degree field of view. It can even be programmed for time-lapse photography, taking a picture every fifteen minutes for twelve hours straight. There’s simply no comparison to Xbox 360’s rival Vision camera, which is limited to a 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second. Sony’s already supported the camera with some innovative new games, like Eye of Judgment, a card game that uses the camera to bring 2D images to life on-screen. And more uses will surely come for this cool gadget.