PS4 Eye Camera Watches You in Stereo

Visual Sensors Are Mainstream Now. Great. PS4 Eye Sees You

I suppose it was always a given that the PS4, whatever form it took, was going to have some kind of a camera, likely called the PS Eye or something along those lines. What I can’t say I expected was for the PS4 Eye to look and act so much like Microsoft’s Kinect camera.

Like Kinect, the new PS4 Eye has an array of microphones sandwiched among a pair of stereoscopic cameras designed to capture a decent 3D image of the player. Like its predecessor, of course, it also tracks glowing LED’s such as those found on the Playstation Move controller and the new Dual Shock 4. At first blush, it looks like the camera just sort of sits there, but looking more closely, it becomes clear that PS4 Eye, like the Kinect, is powered by a small motor that articulates the body of the camera so it can get a clearer picture.

The specs are somewhat impressive, though it does seem to lack the infrared sensors of the Kinect, and each camera on the array offers a roughly 1Mp image capture capability, but at a blistering 60fps. Should make getting 1:1 motion in games a snap for developers, I hope!

Full specs after the break. What do you think?

PlayStation®4 Eye
External Dimension Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth)
(tentative)
Weight Approx. 183g (tentative)
Video Pixel (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
Video Frame Rate 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps
640×400 pixel @ 120fps
320×192 pixel @ 240fps
Video Format RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
Lens Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
Capture Range 30cm~∞
Field-of-View 85°
Microphone 4 Channel Microphone Array
Connection Type PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
Cable Length Approx. 2m (tentative)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.-

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