When the PlayStation EyeToy was first released, you could say that it was just beginning to take its first baby steps with video technology. Today, it has officially come of age, being rechristened the PlayStation Eye and comes packing some serious functionality, even if it doesn’t look quite as streamlined as the original EyeToy.
Packed into the EyeToy are four microphones, arranged to allow for multidirectional voice location tracking, enhanced background noise suppression and echo cancelling. With all of this, Sony says that you can put that headset away, because you won’t need it anymore.


Of course, the heart of this accessory is the camera, and it is certainly nothing to sneeze at: a USB 2.0 camera with 120 frames at 320×240 resolution or 60 frames at 640×480 is nothing to laugh at. The digital zoom allows for a 56-75 degree field of view, and its low-light capabilities have been improved over the predecessor.

This is a clear improvement over other systems: the Xbox camera is also capable of 640×480 resolution, but at half the frame rate (only 30 frames per second.)
Of course, hardware is hardly useful without some useful software, and EyeCreate is great for use with the PlayStation Eye. With this software package, you can take photos, play around with them, take video and audio and save your creations to your PS3’s hard drive. Perhaps one of the best features of EyeCreate is the time-lapse photography option, taking a picture every 15 minutes for 12 hours, so when you start one of your marathon gaming sessions, you can have documented proof that you never left your spot in front of the TV, not for the entire day!

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