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Video of New Research Conducted with PlayStation Eye

Richard Marks's Avatar Posted by Senior Researcher, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Most of you probably already know about the launch of the PlayStation Eye, and hopefully you’re as excited as we are here in PlayStation R&D. By the time products launch, our contribution is usually long past, but this time we wanted to join the fun. So we thought we’d give you an exclusive first glimpse at some of our new research that uses PS Eye.

We grabbed our lab camcorder and filmed some tech demos created by newcomer Anton Mikhailov (he’s the guy playing games in the videos). Anton has been using PS Eye to let users add their own content into games. So far, he’s focused on simple, familiar games (like lunar lander and tank battle) that he can code for PS3 in a day or so. These games are pretty old school, but they become amazingly fun again when you get to add your own content. And when the PS3 adds physics to your content, things become even more fun! (why does everyone keep mentioning Little Big Planet?)

Check out the videos. We filmed them without cuts so you could see how easy it is to add your own content.

Note that these are tech demos, not products. We just wanted to let you see one of our crazy ideas of how the PS Eye might be used in the future. Anton or I will be answering questions, so let us know what you think!

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osirisomeomi said:

November 14th, 11:29 pm

Thanks for showing us some of the ideas you guys are cooking up. Please realize that this series of games could make Sony hundreds of millions of dollars. I am not exaggerating. Literally, hundreds of millions of dollars. Imagine designing a series of mini games based off the eye and the controller? That tank game alone has my wallet jumping out of my pocket. If you add some more polish and depth to the gameplay, you could have an insanely popular game on your hands. It’s NEW, and that’s a rare thing in videogames.

You could create full-dledged games with the PS eye. You could use it as a full-out creation tool, both within LBP and outside it in a minigame world. The MONEY…

osirisomeomi said:

November 14th, 11:31 pm

Also, if you could degin your own weapons by drawing them out, and they’d have different attacks and strengths and such… Wow, you’d commercialize doodling.

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Tanga said:

November 14th, 11:53 pm

absolutely amazing! just wow.

heisert said:

November 14th, 11:54 pm

it looks very funny! i want them all!

jaydogg691 said:

November 14th, 11:56 pm

This is some really amazing stuff. These tech demos make me want to get the PS Eye. I would really like to see more of this stuff in the future.

Billy_Idol said:

November 15th, 12:00 am

well done guys!! I’m looking forward to download the software sometimes from the PSN!

Gord Lacey said:

November 15th, 12:52 am

Hmm….looks like it would be possible to draw a floor plan for HOME and then import it ;)


samdu said:

November 15th, 1:11 am

This is one of the most innovative things I’ve seen in gaming in a very long time. The potential is limitless. Y’all need to continue to work on this kind of stuff and get something out to the masses. I can’t wait!

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Trond said:

November 15th, 1:16 am

Games like this would be realy cool online.
Like a game where you paint all the things in the world and then you run around in that world with other people online.
Much like Little Big Planet.

That tank game would also be realy cool online.
But someone would just use “you know what” as a tank. not cool.. hmm.

Oh and also a game like “Drawn to Life” would work perfect with this technology.

chip5541 said:

November 15th, 1:17 am

I have to say that is some truely impressive stuff. Very creative. When I first saw it I thought it would be cool to scan comics but I see someone already thought of that further up. Have you tried it? I am thinking it could be a neat way for an adventure or action game. Specificly Army of Darkness ;)
Thinking further along those lines what about painting? Grabbing images from painting (Dru Blair or others) and using in your own custom, maybe even sharable, game.

severeon said:

November 15th, 1:19 am

Does anyone else think that the last video there is a goldmine? I certainly would pay $5 – $10 for it on the PSN. Especially if you could draw turrets, or maybe make the map 3d terrain etc.. A really simple press X on the object, and move the right analog stick to raise the map would do just fine.

psudoynm said:

November 15th, 1:23 am

Please please PLEASE allow me as a simple aspiring illustrator use this to bring my drawings alive.

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November 15th, 2:08 am


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zlieb said:

November 15th, 2:50 am

hey nice work – I had heard about this being developed from someone at sony!

here is an art project made with the same premise, drawings that can come off the page:


thought you might enjoy to see an another take on drawings at input –

thanks & take care –

zapruder said:

November 15th, 2:53 am

very very nice.. keep it up keep showing us these R&D films they are an inspiration! …being a creative guy i’m loving this!

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Xenochaos805 said:

November 15th, 4:37 am

On some non-related news the PS# outsold the WII & 360 together in japan last week.

blizzard182 said:

November 15th, 5:09 am

This is so cool I want to punch myself.

One question only: Would I be able to scroll and use the XMB with my gestures?

If your answer is a YES, count me in for the EYE.

I don´t many friends with the PS3 (I live in South America) but seeing that much potential for that thing, I would totally buy it ASAP.

Can you imagine moving your hand like a quick slap to the left and have the XMB scrolling to the left? Oh man I would have an orgasm…

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November 15th, 5:17 am

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BrianD said:

November 15th, 6:22 am

Anton and Richard –

I saw this on Digg and created an account here to tell you guys that this is incredible. Nice work. This really should be released as a product for sure.

– Try making a Rube Goldburg! That would be sweet to see.

Nice work guys!

MrGilder said:

November 15th, 6:26 am

Simply amazing! Can’t wait to see this technology integrated into a full game..

Toadzter17 said:

November 15th, 6:47 am


Thank you very much for the fast reply. To add, if I might, what would it take to get a presentation of this technology and the development process behind it at a game development school? Do you have a student out reach program?

Thanks again

chthonos said:

November 15th, 6:56 am

So, will you guys be making a Harold and the Purple Crayon game?

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chip5541 said:

November 15th, 7:06 am

Idea. Integrate table top models (Warhammer for example) into a game. The models could have stats like the table top version and you could buy special units like EOJ.

Pentex said:

November 15th, 7:10 am

Really great stuff here. What you did for now is already good and i could see the tank demo being released as a full product. Anyway, the final part of the video, when everyone was digitalizing their own stuff and the part where the tanks were battling in the middle of everyday objects reminded me of… Micro Machines!!

I’m guessing with things the way they are now, it wouldn’t be very difficult to draw a track and have 4 cars driving around. The only things missing would be a lap counter and position check. Hell, if someone digitalized a toy tank, one could even do the same with Hot Wheels cars or something lol.

Keep it up and bring that to gamers ASAP

afrosheen said:

November 15th, 7:31 am

@182: Yeah I was thinking the same thing. A tactics/strategy game with toys you move on a long field would be well suited to the PS Eye and thanks to EoJ the tech is already written and viable for it.

Andronix said:

November 15th, 7:36 am

These videos are not viewable on the PlayStation 3! All you get is sound. Is a codec update coming please!

Watching via PC, they show loads of potential. I hope the Eye can be used in regular games as well. EG, see faces of players as you battle in online games.

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Daver said:

November 15th, 8:04 am

i just watched the magic spell video and i must say WHOA! its very nice
hope to see more about it soon!

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Andronix said:

November 15th, 8:10 am

I just watched the second video, where items are scanned to screen, then ‘drop out’ to the bottom of the screen, with what looks like real physics. AMAZING. The technology is excellent, but its all about finding the right game. Mini-games are fun (Wii Sports) but maybe the technology could be used to compliment a ‘full’ game.

Some kind off (hate to say this archaic phrase) virtual-reality game. Where control is with a game pad but also where player has to ‘put’ objects into the game.

Or emulate the controls seen in the Tom Cruise film Minority Report. Okay there isnt a 3D control panel, but the control panel/ visual feedback could be bought up on a tv screen, and the player could use it to access information/ solve a puzzle etc. Maybe it could be added to PS3 online game ‘The Agency.’

Fantastic work, but please get some Eye functionality into ALL games.

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thingg said:

November 15th, 8:20 am

All I can say is…………..WOW
If you guys can do it, please release those “demos” as a PSN downlodable game ASAP. How cool would it be to “drive” like, a calculator around and blow stuff up with it? (You know you want to…….)
Also, if you can do it, I’d appreciate if you guys would make a small devkit to allow amateur programmers such as myself some freedom of expression. (And also give us an opportunity to put our hours of torturous physics classes to good use.)
Anyway, even if you can’t do the devkit thing, MAKE MORE GAMES!!!!

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frito said:

November 15th, 9:28 am


I am trying to make stop motion animation with my snapshots in Eyecreate, like you guys demoed here in the blog (of some kids racing through the office)-

Is there a way to decrease the default 2 second time designation for snapshots when placed into the Eyecreate timeline? Because 2 seconds make the animation of course very slow and choppy, you have to manually snip each clip and delete the excess for EVERY snapshot, it is very frustrating!

Thanks for any help!

JDPoZ said:

November 15th, 9:38 am

You guys are brilliant! THIS is what Playstation is all about.
P.S. – I can haz tank tech demo plz?

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