Posted 6:35pm

Introducing The PlayRoom, only for PlayStation 4

Hi everybody! We’re excited to unlock the doors to The PlayRoom, a place for fun and innovative PlayStation 4 Camera and DualShock 4 controller experiments!

As we recently announced, the DualShock 4 controller is packed with lots of new features (such as Light Bar, Touch Pad, Motion Sensor, Speaker, improved Dual Motors…). So what happens when we combine these with the PlayStation 4 Camera? Well, let us show you with this new video!

Controller_Discovery

Let’s start with the AR Menu. The first thing you will notice is how the Light Bar is tracked by the PlayStation 4 Camera. This allows us to make cool augmentations like these holographic panels, which come out of the controller and appear around you on the screen. Using the Touch Pad, you can scroll through them and click to make selections. It’s easy to use and very responsive, thanks to the high resolution of the Touch Pad.

AR_Menu

Another cool finding is one we nicknamed “the sci-fi genie”. By rubbing the Touch Pad like a magic lamp, you can summon Asobi, an interactive flying robot who comes out to play in your living room. He recognises you and other people. Of course, you can touch him, push him about and even stroke his sensors! But being a prototype robot, he still has a few unexpected mood swings, so better not tease him too much or he might get cranky and get back at you!

Next, we also show you how you can use a pair of DualShock 4 controllers and combine them to create new gameplay. As a first test, we took a classic Air Hockey game and gave it a holographic visual treatment.

On the screen, the play field is projected between both controllers so each player can stretch, twist and bend it to try to get the upper hand. Dragging your finger on the Touch Pad, you move your paddle up and down to return the ball. It’s as easy to play as the real thing but with that extra touch of digital magic!

AR_Hockey

For our last example, we introduce the little AR Bots. They get beamed down into the controller. As they do, you really get that feeling that the controller is filling up with lots of small tumbling bodies. That’s because we use the DualShock 4 controller’s Dual Motors and Speaker in tandem to create that tactile illusion. You can peek inside the controller and look at those guys having a secret party: a quick roll left and right, a big shake and you send them off flying, with each movement of the controller accurately translated on the screen.

But it doesn’t stop there. A flick on the Touch Pad and you can send them out flying and landing in your living room. It won’t be long before the entire floor is covered with a crowd of these little guys! They also react to your touch and people’s movement in the room. They see your face so you can play “peek-a-boo!” and give them the scare of their life.

AR_Bots

You’ll also notice how we bring in other devices too for a fully connected experience. Using your mobile phone, tablet or PlayStation Vita, you can draw anything you like, flick it and it becomes a 3D plastic toy for the AR Bots to chase after. It’s that simple! And that means literally anybody can join in with as little or as much input as they want.

And when you’re done, just hoover the room clean using your DualShock 4 controller before moving to the next activity. Isn’t that neat? With the AR Bots experiment, we wanted to get a feel for using all the controller features while bringing out lots of small living beings on to the floor in augmented reality. It turned out to be pretty cool.

That’s it for now, boys and girls! With these, we’re only just scratching the surface of what is possible with the PlayStation 4 Camera and DualShock 4 controller. We’ll be back soon with an update and fresh innovations to share.

Until then, let us know what you think and what YOU would make if you had all those tools at your disposal.

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THE_FORCE 12 June, 2013 @ 6:53 pm   1

Sweet!

 
edwardccm 12 June, 2013 @ 6:55 pm   2

Does that mean the PS4 will not support the PlayStation Move?

 
CoolRichy007UK 12 June, 2013 @ 7:02 pm   3

@2 the new controller has move built in it. & sony i hope you add this to ps store as well now that every ps4 comes with a cam n il b happy

 
Alandrin 12 June, 2013 @ 7:04 pm   4

Looked rather fun

 

Some of the best things about the original eyetoy were the experiments and tech demos. Will these actually be included with ps4? Almost like Welcome Park on Vita.

 

@2+3 the lightbar isn’t anything like move. I’m pretty sure they are keeping it. I don’t know of any games supporting it yet though.

 
dividsmythe 12 June, 2013 @ 7:11 pm   7

Does look like it could be a bit of fun. I was wondering why there is no games using the new eye. There’s gotta be some decent games out for it before I but this eye.

 
MaxDiehard 12 June, 2013 @ 7:12 pm   8

@edwardccm

Move will continue to be supported. The creation of the PS Dual Eye means that it has even more precision with detecting movements within a 3D space.

 
edwardccm 12 June, 2013 @ 7:13 pm   9

@6 exactly. I am having a blast with the Move playing games like Heavy Rain, Sorcery, Unfinished Swan… golf… then add in the SharpShooter I can be in Resident Evil, House of the Dead, Killzone, and pop it into the Racing Wheel I’m in Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted and Karting in Little Big Planet.

Chaosprower 12 June, 2013 @ 7:13 pm   10

@coolrichy The PS4 cam is not included with the console as far as I know. It’s sold separately for 49.99€.

 
gbgamesmember 12 June, 2013 @ 7:14 pm   11

Was too painful to watch .. This Evil Girl Wanted to kill those small white things.. Can`t wait to see how does that work .

 
edwardccm 12 June, 2013 @ 7:14 pm   12

@MaxDieHard I hope so cause I haven’t read anywhere thst the Move controller can be used with the PS4

 
MaxDiehard 12 June, 2013 @ 7:17 pm   13

@edwardccm

An exerpt from Wikipedia: In 2013, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4, revealing that the console will support PlayStation Move,[9] providing greater tracking precision via the PlayStation Camera, a depth-sensing stereo camera.

Sony wouldn’t leave this out of the PS4 considering the years of development put into it.

solarwind12 12 June, 2013 @ 7:18 pm   14

Hahaha.., love it, just what was needed after my day,
So what would I do with such tech, ?.. hmm, i remember a certain film where two computer geeks ‘mixed’ a barbie doll and a certain magazine, lol, happy days..

 
Paranoimia 12 June, 2013 @ 7:41 pm   15

It certainly seems that the camera is *not* included.

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/06/11/ps4-console-to-include-500gb-hdd-no-ps4eye-extra-dualshock-4s-priced-at-59-99/

Doesn’t bother me as it keeps the cost down.

Orochiria 12 June, 2013 @ 7:44 pm   16

I now have my reason to get the PSCamera.

 
edwardccm 12 June, 2013 @ 9:15 pm   17

@MaxDieHard

Awesome. And that’s another reason why I love Sony. Imagine playing Drive Club and NFS: Rivals with the Move Racing Wheel. *Drooling*

Definitely getting the PSCamera as well. Just hope once I get it, I won’t be mandated to keep it connected all the time and must let it keep a surveillance of me or the PS4 will stop working, then overheats, and then blows up my house.

 
DoYouLikeMyID 12 June, 2013 @ 9:45 pm   18

Looks cool! I’ll definately buy a PS4 Camera, will this game be bundled with it?

It seems like a good idea, you know, to showcase what the PS4 Camera can do.

 

Will the camera work like kinect without the dual shock pad just wondering how it will work on just dance 4

 
Arion87 12 June, 2013 @ 10:29 pm   20

Awesome! Is this going to be downloadable on the PS Store at launch assuming there are plans to get this to consumers?

Also, is the official name of the PS4 camera the PlayStation 4 Camera or Playstation 4 Eye? PS4 Eye is the name I remember after the Feb 20 PS4 reveal

 

Ok, those tiny robots look totally cute ^^ looks like fun little app pack. ^^

 
Arion87 13 June, 2013 @ 2:51 am   22

Very impressed by how the robots hang onto the wires, the shadows and how the demo knows when an object should be projected in front or behind a real world object(like when Asobi flys around the user)!

 
kirik-sama 13 June, 2013 @ 4:20 am   23

this is realy innovative

 
dogwalker4000 13 June, 2013 @ 8:37 am   24

Wanna get the PlayStation Camera, quite enjoy the Move when I do occasionally get it out.

Can’t help but think that the advert/trailer would of been better off having a family/kids playing this, couldn’t see me and the girlfriend playing this, our little girl though would love it.

This looks awesome I will but the camera for this feature and more I really want to know all the capabilities that the PlayStation 4 camera can do though anyone know.