Said to be an evolution of the existing PS Eye, the tantalisingly teased PlayStation ‘dual camera’ has been tipped to launch as a PS4 exclusive, with the Kinect-esque add-on to see gamers offered motioned based gaming options as well as a selection of interactive system controls.
““Dual Camera” appears to be an evolutioned HD Eyetoy instead of a Kinect device, based on the features offered right now,” PS4 leaks courtesy of gaming blog VGLeaks have suggested. It is claimed that the Kinect rivalling PlayStation 4 peripheral will launch with a pair of wide-angle cameras, each playing host to a HD capable 1280 x 720p image resolution.
Helping ensure that the leaked ‘dual camera’ will allow PlayStation 4 gamers to make us of video calling capabilities, the as yet unconfirmed device has been rumoured to feature a four microphone array working at 48 Khz, a feature that would also make console-based voice commands a possibility.
Whilst it has been reported that the PS4 bound ‘dual-camera’ will be able to recognise users and log them in to their specific accounts without any user input, it is also believed that the peripheral will come boxed with every PS4 console sold.
“In the gaming field it supports head and hand tracking as new game inputs,” latest reports on the newly leaked PS4 ‘dual camera’ have suggested. “Currently it’s not clear if this device will support body tracking in the future as Kinect, but it’s almost sure that it will be bundled with every Orbis (PS4) system.”
With Sony recently confirming that it will hold a PlayStation themed launched event in New York City on February 20, PS4 rumours have kicked into overdrive in recent weeks.
Whilst it is expected that Sony will formally unveil the PS3 follow-on and likely Xbox 720 rival next week, it is believed that a PS4 release date will see gamers in the US and Japan able to snap up the device ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping rush. Eager UK based gamers look set to face a wait until early 2014 before the PS4 is available on British shores.
Citing "development sources with working knowledge of both next generation consoles," recent rumours suggested that “PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan and the US by Christmas, with a Euro rollout following in early 2014, the delay attributed to the complexities involved in European distribution."
Far from the first time that an evolution of the PS Eye has been tipped to appear alongside the PS4, further reports recently added: "Alongside the console, Sony will also introduce a new, improved iteration of its PlayStation Eye peripheral, which remains compatible with the PlayStation Move controller. Move will be available at launch, but it’s not clear yet whether it will be bundled with the hardware.”
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