More Details on ‘The PlayRoom’ for the PlayStation 4

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During E3 2013, Sony shared a video demonstrating the possibilities of ‘The Playroom’. We could ascertain many things from said video – which you can view here – but now we have more details on how the PlayStation 4 will be able to combine the capabilities of the Dualshock 4 controller to create an engrossing AR experience.

Here is a breakdown of features and how the console utilises them to make an augmented reality within your living room:

  • Light Bar – tracked by the PlayStation 4 Camera to create augmentations, like holographic panels around you on screen.
  • Touch Pad – easy to use for scrolling and interacting in the various AR environments. Players can touch, move and play with AR characters like Asobi, an interactive flying robot who comes out to play in your living room.
  • Motion Sensor – take a look at how a classic Air Hockey game is given a holographic visual treatment, with players stretching, twisting and bending to try to get the upper hand.
  • Improved Dual Motors – watch how you can interact in different ways with AR Bots via the DualShock 4 controller’s Dual Motors and Speaker.

The PlayRoom brings in other devices too for a fully connected experience. The video also shows how by using your mobile phone, tablet or PlayStation Vita, you can draw anything you like, flick it and it becomes a 3D plastic toy for the AR Bots to chase after (a very specific example).

This is just the beginning of what will be possible with the PlayStation 4 Camera and DualShock 4 controller. We at Capsule Computers will be sharing more updates as they become available in the future.

I am a graduate of the Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (w/ major in Games Design) course at Qantm College, Sydney.

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