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PlayStation 3 Head-Tracking - No Gimmicks, No Glasses, Just A Camera (Watch this)

Stephen Totilo from MTV Multiplayer writes:

Some day gamers will be playing a PlayStation 3 first-person shooter and will simply lean your head to see around the corners. When that happens, you will likely be using the new head-tracking technology that was being demonstrated for the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Eye camera at GDC last week.

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alan0013437d ago

i cant see the vid !!!

Mr_Kuwabara3437d ago

Well it does take some time to load in my computer. (It shows up as a black box at start) but then it shows up eventually. That's weird. You, or need to upgrade something to watch it, or try the link of the article and see if it works.

BTW I tried to look for some good head tracking images and whatnot from Google and all I got was some porn so I just used the classic PS3 image instead.

marinelife93437d ago

Sony comes up with some ingenious ideas. They always seem to push technology in ways that will make sense. That my friends is called innovation.

Nathaniel_Drake3437d ago

The Innovationstation!!!!

If they can use this in an FPS how immersing would that be

Delt43437d ago

no its not innovation the wii has had a similar program for some time. Sony just used the idea and might actually use it for something. Not saying this isn't awesome, cause this will make for some awesome gameplay. Its just not innovation.

heres the link
http://youtube.com/watch?v=...

jwatt3437d ago

Here is the guy from Sony that did it after the wii version.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=...

illizit3436d ago

@Delt4

It is innovation. Sony is using a camera, not some baseball cap with tape and a wii sensor bar. This is called INNOVATION.

Delt43436d ago

no its not..... when they integrate it into a game that would be innovation. That would also be awesome. I cant wait till that happens but until it does its just the same thing we see in dig cam's and integrating a wii program. Im not hating on the ps3. I am just stating facts. I would just rather see a game running with this technology, but on a lighter note at least we can all say it will definitely be the Playstation that does it first. they seem to be leading all consoles on everything thesedays

DEIx15x83436d ago

@Delt4

The 360 beat Sony by nearly two years. Summer 2006:
http://360stuff.blogspot.co...
http://www.gamesfirst.com/?...
Microsoft has been showing off this technology for awhile and their's is capable of tracking everything down to a single finger or accessory as well as a UNIQUE head. Sony's appears to be boxing every head that enters the shot instead of just the one it's supposed to. With the Vision Camera's technology you'll be able to even hold up your hand like a gun and pull the trigger in any direction to fire that way. The camera can figure it out by using depth perception to map it in 3D space.
Either way both are more proof of concept than anything that will hit market at the level that they show it.

gaffyh3436d ago

here is just the face tracking part of it

gaffyh3436d ago

Here is the Tank demo part of it

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Darkiewonder3437d ago

The wii tracking was good. then another Sony employee did it with a film filter and a special glasses he made. and now this one uses nothing but the camera and you. Would be awesome they really push this and see a game made from it! But right now, It would be interesting to see how good it is to track when people move faster.

Bleyd3437d ago

I could see this being used for lightgun type games where you're able to look around by using the location of your head. Then if they get really industrious they could track two heads at the same time for a 2 player game.

Arkham3437d ago

"Video not available in Canada, The U.K., And Japan. Sorry! IPs are blocked."

Fishy Fingers3437d ago

: (

Wonder if some nice person will have it on youtube within the hour...

Skerj3437d ago

The EYE should have been standard for every PS3 system sold. THEN we'd see some awesome use.

Zancruz3437d ago

I have one, it's really a good camera.

Ri0tSquad3437d ago (Edited 3437d ago )

Believe it or not Ken Kutaragi was so impressed by the PS EYE he wanted to integrate the PS Eye into the PS3 itself. I read about this in the Official Playstation Magazine. It also talked about this video (using the PS EYE for hiding and coming out of cover for FPS games) and how we'll be able to talk to our PS3s through the built in mic.

killer_trap3437d ago (Edited 3437d ago )

good point. if they start implementing this kind of control in future games then they should pack a camera with every system sold. i believe it's going to be a much better way to play fps than using the wii-mote and Nunchuk combination.

Darth Gamer3437d ago

Who shoots in a FPS with their head. My head never moves. My eyes are going like a bat outta hell but not the head. I don't like the direction that Sony is tring to go with all this motion control. I think this will fall hard just like the sixaxis motion control is doing. Baddly implemented.

Skerj3437d ago

Darth, the implementations would go further than what you just said. I can think of a use in an FPS that I'd use it regularly, peeking behind corners and other obstacles without having to use the controller to do so. It'd be so intuitive and elegant that it'd change how you played the game.

zapass3437d ago

I was hoping for exactly that after playing Antigrav on Ps2. This game was tracking your face and hands to control a snowboarding character in 3rd person: a total blast and my 1st realization that physical gaming was just around the corner.

Me thinks this is the single biggest mistake from Sony for this gen. Antigrav was made by Harmonix who focused on Guitar Hero instead.

But the Wii proved me right: physical gaming is going to be huge, I just don't like the plastic wiimote crap.

PsEye allows the whole body to be the controller, and that's the biggest breakthrough in gaming since 3D. We just need an IR camera at an affordable price and a big projection screen to get pretty damn close to the hollodeck. Can't wait!

SSCOOLCHEA3437d ago

But i got the pseye out of the deal.....

Arkham3436d ago

Bu..bu..but then Sony would be FORCING you to have a camera! ;)

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ps360s3437d ago

ermm if I remembr right someone posted somethnig about using the PSeye for the XMB...so does that mean its true it might happen for the XMB too...if this was demostrated by Sony (meaning they have the idea on using the PSeye to its potential)then is Sony really bringing the XMB control by the PSeye...

Ri0tSquad3437d ago

Well, if you are don't..... Sony actually confirmed there working on it.

LeonSKennedy4Life3437d ago

Thank you! That was me!

We could use the Eye for a Minority Report-like XMB interface...moving stuff around...

Let's get a petition together NOW!

rawg3437d ago

XMB would be cool (manage songs, movies, pictures, etc.) but being able to browse the web using gestures would be awesome. Kind of like a full body iPhone-type interface.

Add in voice recognition instead of keyboard text input and I would probably use my PS3/EYE for browsing more than my PC.