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PS4 Comes Pre-Loaded With Playroom Augmented Reality App

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Augmented Reality, Minigames, Motion Control, Playroom, PlayStation Camera, PS4, Sony, Tech demo

PS4 consoles will come with the Playroom augmented reality application, Sony has confirmed. Designed to showcase the PlayStation Camera and DualShock 4's motion control LED beacon, the software includes a range of minigames including air hockey and the opportunity to interact with a legion of virtual robots. However, since the PlayStation Camera is not included as standard, you'll need to shell out an additional £44 for the privilege of using the app.

You can see the tech demo above, which shows attractive people getting perverse enjoyment out of abusing poor helpless little robots. Dealspwn.com does not endorse robot abuse.

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Anarchist  Jul. 4, 2013 at 16:35

Pretty much confirmation that the PS4 was originally to be shipped with the camera but they dropped it to beat the XB1 retail price...!

Saying that though, at least I'm given the choice of whether to buy the camera or not...

Late  Jul. 4, 2013 at 17:04

I must confess - I'm not sure how this AR lark works on the playstation...

The camera inputs realtime images into your console, and the TV shows those realtime things but with artificial stuff overlaid on it? So you see nothing around you as you wave your arms but the tv shows that you've just knocked some invisible thing over? Or have I got that completely wrong?

I can see some point to it if you have some sort of headset on (whether oculus rift style, or google glasses style), but is there any real use for it?
Like I say - I might've completely misunderstood the whole concept. And I could easily be missing some great in-game uses.

Anarchist  Jul. 4, 2013 at 20:13

I must confess - I'm not sure how this AR lark works on the playstation...

The camera inputs realtime images into your console, and the TV shows those realtime things but with artificial stuff overlaid on it? So you see nothing around you as you wave your arms but the tv shows that you've just knocked some invisible thing over? Or have I got that completely wrong?

I can see some point to it if you have some sort of headset on (whether oculus rift style, or google glasses style), but is there any real use for it?
Like I say - I might've completely misunderstood the whole concept. And I could easily be missing some great in-game uses.


Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what I was thinking. I may be missing something, but it sounds like a gimmick from the 1990s.

DivideByZero  Jul. 5, 2013 at 17:21

Pretty much confirmation that the PS4 was originally to be shipped with the camera but they dropped it to beat the XB1 retail price...!


I got kicked out of most Maths classes... but:

PS4 £349 + 44 = £393
Xbox3 £430

Even with buying the camera, it's still about 10% cheaper!

Late  Jul. 5, 2013 at 17:32

True enough - but I do think it quite likely that Sony were looking at £400, saw Microsoft's £430, liked that they were a bit cheaper - then decided to ditch the camera so that instead of being slightly cheaper they'd be significantly cheaper at launch.

DivideByZero  Jul. 5, 2013 at 17:41

Yeah, I expect so.
But that's basically what MS did last time (HD-DVD, HDMI port, Wireless NIC) so all's fair in love and console wars.

Anarchist  Jul. 5, 2013 at 20:37

Pretty much confirmation that the PS4 was originally to be shipped with the camera but they dropped it to beat the XB1 retail price...!


I got kicked out of most Maths classes... but:

PS4 £349 + 44 = £393
Xbox3 £430

Even with buying the camera, it's still about 10% cheaper!


But the Sony camera is nowhere near as technically good as kinect. If they had shipped it at 400 with the camera, People would have thought 'oh, the xbone is only £30 more but it's camera is miles better. Might as well go with that'

Stripping it out makes the price much more inviting, and was totally the best thing to do. That way we get a good price and choice. Two things MS don't want us to have these days.

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