IGN writes: "It is rare that I am completely struck speechless by a videogame, but just a few moments into a demo of EyePet at Sony's PAX suite, I noticed my mouth absolutely agape. So many so-called virtual pets and just basic animal simulations with a modest amount of interaction that disguises what are really just canned routines. Nintendogs was the first real virtual pet, as far as I'm concerned. But unless EyePet is seriously derailed before November, this is precisely what I imagined the genre becoming – a real character that responds to physical interaction. Using the EyeToy camera and a special card -- called the Magic Card -- you really do develop a relationship with the furry on-screen animal that shuffles on-screen when you start up the game".