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PlayStation Eye

by Sony
PlayStation 3
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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  • Free EyeCreate download editing software, which allows users to save, edit and add cool visual effects to photos, video and audio clips
  • Camera and audio reception making it an integral part of the PlayStation Move motion control system
  • A sophisticated microphone with the ability to reduce background noise and focus on spoken word for smoother, more accurate speech recognition
  • Two fast frame rates for improved tracking, responsiveness and smoothness
  • Two position zoom lens for close-up and full body options and 4 channel audio input - 16-bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90db

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VTQ3LU
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 6.8 x 8.9 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 31, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

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The PlayStation Eye is a must-have accessory for any PlayStation 3 (PS3) owner looking to extend their interactive gaming and online communication experience. The powerful camera functionality of PlayStation Eye combined with the PlayStation Move controllers (sold separately) provide for the most advanced motion controlled gaming experience to date, while standard high-end video and audio features also allow it to facilitate crystal clear audio and video chat via PlayStation Network, as well as editable and savable video and static images.

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PlayStation Eye camera peripheral
High-end camera and mic in one unit.
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PlayStation Eye camera peripheral with a PS3 and the PlayStation Move controller
Use with the PS3 and Move controller.
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PlayStation Eye camera peripheral flanked by a PS3 and the PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Move sub-controller
Or add the Move sub-controller on select games.
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Revolutionize Your Gaming and Online Communication
The PlayStation Eye camera is an integral part of PlayStation Move's experience. The camera tracks the sphere of the Move motion controller and your head movement to accurately read your every move. Crouch behind cover, or dodge an incoming attack - your movements will be accurately captured in-game. The camera has a fast frame rate for pristine video quality. It can capture the image of you and your surroundings, turning your living room into the setting for playtime with your EyePet, or making you the star contestant in TV Superstars. It has built-in microphones so that you can chat about strategies with other players, give in-game commands, or set up a private conversations with up to six friends.

PlayStation Move
PlayStation Move offers a new and innovative gaming experience for the PlayStation3 (PS3) system by fusing realistic, high-definition gaming along with accurate, intuitive control. Consisting of PlayStation Move motion controller, the PlayStation Move sub-controller and the PlayStation Eye camera, the PlayStation Move controller system enables sophisticated motion control and immersive gameplay only possible on PlayStation 3.

Camera Specifications:
  • Video
    • 56 or 75 degrees field or view zoom lens
    • Fixed-focus, 1ft to infinity (manual adjustment not required)
    • 640 x 480 at 60 frames/second
    • 320 x 240 at 120 frames/second
    • 8 bit or 10 bit dynamic range
    • USB 2.0 high-speed transfer
    • Uncompressed video or optional JPEG compressor
  • Audio
    • Omni-directional four microphone linear array
    • 4 channel ADC IC chip
    • 18bit at SNR 90db, up to 48kHz audio sampling rate
Extend the Fun with EyeCreate Software
The free, downloadable EyeCreate editing software allows PlayStation Eye owners to save photos, and video and audio clips to your PS3 hard disk drive, as well as apply eye-catching visual effects to your images. Different capture modes like time-lapse and slow motion, open up a world of possibilities to be explored further in EyeCreate's editing suite, where you can turn your media into professional looking movies.

Key Peripheral Features

  • Tracks the motion controller's sphere to accurately read player position.
  • Engineered to perform well in low light conditions.
  • Enables head tracking to read complete upper body movement.
  • Zoom lens for close-up or full body options.
  • Captures the video of you and your surroundings, turning the living room into the setting of the game.
  • Fast frame rate up to 120 frames/second provides pristine video quality.
  • Take photos of your victories and defeats and share with friends.
  • Creates a realistic, lifelike avatar of yourself using your own image.
  • Can be used for in-game chat and voice-commands.
  • Sound quality is crystal clear with the built-in 4 microphone array.

Product Description

EyeCreate is the first video editing software for the PlayStation3. Using EyeCreate and the PlayStation Eye camera, you can capture video, audio and even photos which can then be edited into a movie. An extensive list of special effects such as Color Filters, Distortions, Art Filters and Motion Trails can give your video a professional touch. There are even advanced features such as Time Lapse and Stop Motion to experiment with. Once you're done creating and editing your masterpiece, Export it to watch it on the Video folder of the XMB. EyeCreate will let you express yourself and get creative!

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157 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique fun! October 30, 2007
By Chris
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased the Eye Camera seperate from the Eye of Judgement game becasue I really don't play card games. The reason I purchased the camera was so that I could use it with my 5 yr. old who has recently taken an interest in animation. With the free download available on the PSN, you are able to leverage this clever device to do all sorts of fun and unique things. But first, I'll address the camera from a hardware perspective:

It's well built, and sturdy looking. The camera pivots from left to right on it's base, but cannot be adjusted to look up or down. The camera auto-focuses, and seems to do a nice job of it. The lens does twist to provide a "zoom" view of the subject as well. Perhaps the thing I was most impressed with is the sound quality it is able to capture. I recorded a few demo videos to test the functionality, and found that you can easily sit 10 feet from the camera and talk in very normal tones and the camera picks it all up beautifully. The sound is rich and full. I have not had the chance to video chat with it yet, but from what I have seen, it will be nice and easy. The 360 offers a similar product, but the image quality and frame rates are not quite as good, and you are required to wear a headset to transmit voice and pick up sound. Overall, I am pleased with it from a hardware aspect, with he only real downsides being the fact that you cannot pivot the lens up or down.

No software comes with the camera. Instead, you must grab it from the Playstation Store on the PSN. It is a free download, and takes up very little space. The software itself is easy, but does have a small learning curve due to the fact that it does not come with much in the way of detailed instructions.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The EYES Have It November 24, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I can't get the name Eye Toy out of my head. The familiar camera for the PS2 now has a very new and classy look on the PS3. Say hello to the mature Playstation Eye. If you had a Playstation Eye for the Playstation 2 you are probably aware of the interactivity that was available. Now with the newest edition Eye that is taken up one level to a whole new dimension.

Getting my hands on this has been a few weeks in coming. Deciding on whether I wanted to purchase it with a game is what kept me. In reality I didn't need a card game so I purchased this for the measely sum of $40 and now I have this beautiful contraption. Once you open the package there is not much to it. Connect the 6 foot usb cord to the PS3 and go to device settings and make sure your PS3 is aware it has a camera. No installation here which makes life that much easier.

If you have access to the Playstation Network you can download the Eye Create software for free. A rather small and unassuming file packed with punch. I really didn't expect much from a free program but I was in for a big surprise. The program is actually an editing program and a very simple but very good one at that. The program allows for capturing video, sound, and pics. You can then edit your masterpiece to create a decent home movie. I am still unaware as to whether I can upload the videos onto Youtube or mail them to others on my friend list. This is a great little bonus program to owning the Eye.

As of now there are a couple mini games available at a low price on the PSN. And of course they are interactive with the Eye. The first game is actually an aquarium. I don't know as much for a game as an interactive screen saver that would be nice when your entertaining.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mine pivots up and down December 12, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, I don't know about anyone else, but when I purchased this product I was under the assumption this camera only moved from left to right. Well, mine moves up and down as well. The camera overall is very nice. I think the video and audio it records is very nice. Looking forward to see how cool this will be when home comes out. I'm sure there will be something we can do with it. I'm very happy with this purchase and can't wait to see what games will do with it. I purchased this from amazon and just want to clear this up for everyone, this camera moves up, down, left and right.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a miracle February 20, 2008
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The PS3 Eye is a good addition if you play lots of online games and don't have a lot of other noise in the house. The camera function is good and I imagine there will be more uses for it in the future as PS3 online expands. That having been said- don't expect any miracles of quality. It is at best a very mediocre web cam. Highly sensitive to lighting conditions, poor resolution, poor picture/contrast. The microphone seems to be pretty good though. I would buy it again, but make sure your expectations are in line with what you'll be getting if you choose to buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3 Eye is perfect for a $10 PC WebCam May 22, 2014
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I got this PS3 Eye specifically to take it apart and modify it to become an IR only camera to use it with FreeTrack & FaceTrackNoIR (free software that helps you emulate TrackIR). For this purpose, once the camera is modified, it works ...flawlessly. You will NOT regret the purchase, 5 stars just for that.

However, what I was shocked to find, though was how well this also worked as a normal PC Webcam.

Pros:

1. Picture was smooth, probably because the framerate can go up to 120 FPS.
2. Software drivers for various verisons of Windows, including Windows 7.
3. The camera can lower resolution and do a wider angle, which is very nice.
4. Microphone was very nice.
5. Once set up, worked with Skype, OSB for Twitch streaming, about everything I tried.

Cons:

1. Camera only supports up to 640x480 (however, not much of one as that's a sensible resolution that won't eat your bandwith)
2. PC Drivers are not by Sony, or officially supported, you have to find them. There was an annoying bug that evverytime I reboot my pc, I have to unplug and replug the camera to get the microphone to work in Windows 7.
3. PC Drivers are 32-bit only, and that meant, for example, I coudl only run the 32 bit version of OSB to stream for Twitch.

The Camera isn't an amazing piece of hardware, it's just a decent piece of hardware at an amazing price, that can work for a PS3, a PC, be reasonably modified into an IR camera, etc. For that, it really deserves 5 stars.
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