I have to give Sony credit for doing some amazing stuff with the PlaystationEye accessory for the PS3. The original EyeToy for the PS2 had a few games for it that attempted to allow you to interact with on screen objects, but most of them were collections of simple mini-games that were only amusing for a short while. The most ambitious EyeToy game was AntiGrav which had you using your whole body to control a dude on a hover board. It wasn’t terrible, but it never really lived up to the promise.
Shortly after the PS3 came out Sony released the PlaystationEye which was an enhanced version of the EyeToy. Right off the bat it was clear things were going to be quite different with the release of the game The Eye of Judgement which was essentially a trading card game that used the PS3 and the PlaystationEye to bring the cards to life in a fashion reminiscent of the animated chess scene in Star Wars. When the game came out it worked just as advertised and has been relatively popular.
Now Sony is kicking it up a notch with the announcement of EyePet. A disgustingly cute virtual pet that will interact with you via the PlaystationEye camera. Check out this trailer for it:
If it works half as well as the trailer suggests then it’ll be very impressive. Based on the footage it’s hard to say just how long it’d remain an interesting plaything, but for younger kids it could be very popular. I’m just impressed with the level of interaction that appears to be possible.