PS3 Eye digicam to arrive next week
Keep an eye out for it
Sony has finally announced that its PS3 Eye camera will hit European shop shelves next week, bundled with an interactive board game.
Sony's PS3 Eye: cheaper, camera-only pack coming soon
The Eye will be sold with game Eye of Judgment for around £65 (€90/$125) in the UK on 26 October, three days after its US release. There it will cost a mere $65 - the equivalent of £32 and €55 at today's exchange rates.
Want to pay only £25 for the Eye? Then wait a few weeks. On 7 November, Sony will sell the camera on its own. The solo pack includes software that lets users take pictures and record video and audio, all of which can be stored on the PS3's hard drive.
As previously reported, the Eye has a manually switched two-mode lens: one for close-ups, the other for "full-body" shots. It also has a 640 x 480 resolution and 60 frames per second (fps), but can reach 120fps if you’re willing to forgo the resolution and drop to 320 x 240.
The Eye of Judgment is a card-based game that uses the Eye to track the movement of interactive cards around spaces on a board, creating various monsters and spells on your telly as a result - think Dungeons and Dragons for the 21st Century.
Yep. If anyone buys that cam *just* as a way of getting videos and pics on the PS3 then they are definately wasting money since between the PS3 can easily directly read most USB hard drives, flash drives and phone/camera memory cards -- thus making it easy to transfer stuff from your PC or cam/phone by simply plugging it in and using the PS3 interface to copy it to the HD (it can also connect to nearby media servers).
I think the main reason for this cam/mic is for games such as EoJ that will be designed specifically around it. You can already successfully hook a lot of USB webcams, headsets and microphones to the PS3 but I doubt they'll allow the games to just use any old generic consumer device.
As a regular user of Skype's Video calls, I hope Sony allow the software to be ported to the PS3 and PSP platforms.
more value for money on the ps3!
Not my sort of game so has no appeal. I have two digi cams and a webcam in my house, from which i can transfer pics to my Xbox or my Wii (or mobile or digi picture frame) Why anyone would pay £25 for a PS3 camera just so they can "put photos or videos on your ps3 harddrive" is beyond me.
If you need this in your life then you deserve to be ripped off!
£32 + 17.5% = £37.60
Shipping and excise are generally higher to the US since all the security got tightened. I know this for a fact as my father in law is in the shipping business. Add on the necessary costs for bringing goods into this country and duty to be paid on top of the VAT and I am reliably informed that this should make the product cost between £45-£50 MAX. So the £65 price is ridiculous and another example of how we get ripped off.
As for guestimated price, the article does not claim this to be a guess, but that it will be around £65. This usually means the manufacturer has given a rrp and it is then up to the vendors to compete with each other on final selling price which will be within a few pounds of each other.
As for £65 not being bad for the camera and a game as games are around £40 anyway, if you noticed in the article the camera will be sold alone for £25 making the charge for the game £40. How is this a good bundle deal?
@Mark : Yup - correctomondo!
@'this' : It's the microphone, possibly sterio, but not known by me at the mo.