Sony Gamer's Day - EyeToy Features/Report
A few other, smaller announcements made today by Sony include the Eye Toy launching in November for $49.99, and the USB headset which is of higher quality than the one included with SOCOM, at a price of $29.99. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s nice to know when these two peripherals will arrive in the US.
The Eye Toy was shown again today with the same games that were shown at E3. Each game is fun for a short period of time, but Sony doesn’t really seem to have a strong strategy in place for the Eye Toy, which is an uncommon practice for them. They have shared the technology with third-party publishers, so hopefully something will come of that. As it stands, it’s not worth the $49 they are charging for it.
The new headset is sturdier, and has a volume control on it, but other than that isn’t much different than the old one. It’s easy to accidentally turn the volume down without knowing it however, something pointed out to us by the producer of SOCOM 2. But, if you’ve purchased the greatest hits SOCOM or are just picking up SOCOM 2, you’ll need it because neither of them include the headset.
For more info from the Eye Toy press release, read on:
EyeToy™, developed exclusively for PlayStation®2, is an entirely unique party gaming experience for people of all ages. Incorporating a unique USB camera that utilizes motion-tracking technology, gamers instantly become the main character in their own game as interactive entertainment is taken to a whole new level! It is simple, yet captivating, and the consumer friendly gameplay makes EyeToy the ultimate “party game” where children, teenagers, young adults, parents and even grandparents can join in the fun! Anyone can show off their real-world skills such as rhythm, hand-to-eye coordination, speed and style. Simply by plugging in the EyeToy USB Camera to the USB port on the front of the PlayStation 2, the image of the player is projected on-screen and becomes the star of the game. The player must use his/her hands, feet, knees and more to play and win the wide variety of mini-games!
EyeToy includes 12 exciting mini-games based on music, puzzles, sports and other original genres. Each mini-game requires the player to use his/her body in unique ways, from quick jabs to beat back ninjas in Kung Foo, rhythmical feet tapping in Beat Freak, and even high-knees in Keep Ups. With EyeToy’s instantly accessible gameplay, the opportunity exists to appeal to a broad range of consumers, regardless of age or gaming frequency. Additionally, the EyeToy can also be used for video messaging. Consumers can record up to 60 seconds of personal video messages onto a Memory Card (8MB)(PlayStation 2) for friends and family to review and enjoy. Various backgrounds are available, allowing each message to be specially made for the occasion. A visual indicator will alert others of a saved message.
- Revolutionary EyeToy USB Camera actually makes the player the “star” of the game.
- Unique motion-tracking technology instantly translates body movement into on-screen interaction!
- The EyeToy gameplay is so intuitive and simple that it appeals to audiences of all ages and experience.
- Twelve unique mini-games test players’ hand-to-eye coordination, rhythmic skills and reflexes, all while giving gamers a good workout.
Some of the mini-games include:
- Wishi-Washi – Scrub away the dirty windows in a frantic race against the clock.
- Beat Freak – Rhythmically hit the speakers in beat with the music
- Kung Foo – Use your martial arts skills to fight off relentless ninja nasties.
- Keep-Ups - Bounce the ball off every body part to keep it from landing on the ground.
- Boxing Chump – Enter the boxing ring and take on the maniacal Big Robo Bro.
- UFO Juggler – Don’t let those hovering UFO’s crash and burn.
- Simple creation of video messaging allows anyone to leave a personalized message with the push of a button.
- Multiplayer modes offer challenge and a chance to laugh with (and at) friends. Watch as players jump madly, flail their arms and legs, and literally do just about everything to beat your score.
- Funky and hip interface and graphical style appeals to all ages.
9/16/2003 Aaron Thomas