Augmented reality suite PlayRoom pre-installed on every PS4

Your PS4 can play games, sure, but don't you want it to simulate the feel of dozens of miniature robots squirming around within your grip? Well, you're in luck (also very strange), because Sony announced this week that the PlayRoom augmented reality suite will come included with every console.

PlayRoom uses the PlayStation Camera combined with the DualShock 4's light bar, gyro sensors, and touch screen to project a 3D interface over your image on the screen. From there, you can mess around with spherical helper bot Asobi, fill your controller and coat your floor with mini-bots, or even play a holographic game of board-bending air hockey against a friend.

PlayRoom looks like a suitably goofy array of tech demos to keep you amused between games. Just because it's bundled with the console doesn't mean you can play it out of the box--you'll also need to buy a $60 PlayStation Camera separately.

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  • arthur-stubblefield - July 11, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    My take on this is If Playstation is doing it to stay in the up and up im ok with it. Playstation has always been the better toy. I would rather PS4 be on top than the xbox. I think they were going to sell it as a peripheral from the launch of the PS4 and decided to include it so its there and less cost to us. Playstation has done well to make a better gaming experience for us all just look at the PSN vs the xbox network. Aside from the shady stuff that seems to be coming up i think Playstation was holding back on some stuff to see what microsuck was gonna put out so they could match or kill the competition. They are in a realy huge battle of chess so to speak with microsuck so go Playstation!
  • BladedFalcon - July 3, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Meh, this sounds more like Sony's half-assed attempt to future proof the PS4 in case the illumiroom took off with the Xbone. What annoys me, is that they are wasting all this time an effort in making these peripherals that they don't seem to fully commit to, and that if the competition DID take off with their peripherals, Sony's options might not be just as good. So in that sense, half-assing it like that sounds like just waste of money to me. At the very least though, they aren't forcing me to use or buy it if I don't want to. So that's nice, means i can just ignore it XD
  • avantguardian - July 3, 2013 9:13 p.m.

    yep. ultimately, it's up to developers to sign off on including elements that use these features. sony doesn't seem to have a lot of confidence in their own concepts, trying to fail-safe their system against their competition. if they don't seem to care that much, why would third parties bother with it?
  • BladedFalcon - July 3, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    They won't. Most third parties never want to commit to work with a peripheral that's optional to begin with. Which to me it's just as well, which means there won't be much risk of someone making a genuine super must have game that requires either the camera or the PlayRoom functionality XD
  • Tranquilbez34 - July 3, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    I wonder how many people are going to draw a cock on their phone for their robots to play with :/ Other than that this is an impressive bit of technology and the fact that the controller is also a move controller is genius.
  • GOD - July 3, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    I'll admit I genuinely laughed when they showed the robots living in the controller. This just shows how a camera peripheral can be cool, but still works better with a physical controller instead of 100% finicky hands free :P
  • PatHan-bHai - July 3, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    Hmmmmm......sounds awfully like Kinect.
  • curlytoe - July 5, 2013 9:46 a.m. know..Sony has been doing stuff like this since the eye toy on the ps2
  • avantguardian - July 3, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    $399! well, maybe more like $470 if you want full functionality for your purchase. i see you sony, i see you.
  • BladedFalcon - July 3, 2013 6:48 p.m.

    Assuming you even wanted that functionality to begin with. (which a lot of people myself included, don't.) And it's still cheaper than the alternative :P
  • avantguardian - July 3, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    lol i know man. it's still kind of shady. have you ever seen something touted as being included in the system that actually wouldn't work without a pricey peripheral? it's like a nintendo coming with punchout, except you can't play it without a power glove. maybe you don't care about punchout, but wtf? i mean, i don't necessarily want it either. but i might, as i have no idea what either company is actually going to do with this tech. and, based on the ridiculous sales of the (far inferior) original kinect, you and i might not be in the majority. :)
  • BladedFalcon - July 3, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    Well, like I said before, i feel like they are just doing it just in case anyone says "Hey look! the Xbone has the illumiroom!" Sony can be like "hey man, our console can do that too!". But then it's clear they aren't really interested in committing with it if they don't have to. Which honestly, it's fine by me. Also, even if they tuck something in the system that you need a peripheral to use. Don't you prefer to choose whether you want the peripheral or not? I'd consider this shady if Sony was all like "look man, the PlayRoom is gonna be THE GREATEST THING EVER, YOU NEED TO GET IT" and then told no one that they needed the camera :P But as it is, at least they are very upfront in saying "Yeah, it can do this... you can get it if you want or not... It needs the camera though." All that being said, I'd rather they didn't bothered in the first place, but oh well.
  • shawksta - July 3, 2013 11:35 a.m.

  • MrJohnSherry - July 3, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    Pretty cool idea!

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