Sony considering next-gen PS Eye

It's safe to say the PlayStation Move failed to revolutionize motion controls as much as Sony hoped it would. Despite a solid marketing push at launch and the rare third party release, support for the wand-band motion control system has all but dried up. Meanwhile, support for Microsoft's camera-based Kinect system has not; which may explain why Sony is rumored to be returning to its PS Eye roots.

The suggestion comes from a recently spotted Sony patent for a “User-Drive Three Dimensional Interactive Gaming Environment” which would use an camera device to track objects and people in a three-dimensional space using infrared lighting, and then translate that data into a virtual scene.

The patent, which was originally filed last October and published earlier this month, comes from Richard Marks, Sony's main man behind the invention of the PS Eye and PlayStation Move. This indicates Sony is not so much looking to copy the Kinect as much as it is looking to perfect a technology it's been tinkering with for nearly a decade (even if the Kinect's success is the main motivating factor for doing so).

Assuming the patent becomes a reality, it's likely Sony will wait until its next generation of consoles to roll out a PS Eye 4000 (working title). Is this something you'd like to see with Sony's next system, or would you rather it stay on the drawing board?


  • Moondoggie1157 - February 21, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    Oh relax, just because Sony is remaking a peripheral does not mean that it is their new focus. I get that most of us here are over the whole motion control gimmick, but remember that we aren't the only people playing video games. I remember playing the original eye-toy for PS2 when I was younger, looking back it was dumb as shit, but at that time it was pretty sweet. I'll wait until there is an article titled "Sony aims to focus entirely on motion sensor gaming" before I get worried.
  • simon-daniel-soto-vidal - February 21, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    Way to go sony. Is too much to ask Sony to make something original for once??
  • brickman409 - February 21, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    I was going to say the exact same thing but then I thought: kinect is sort of a rip-off of the ps2 eye toy in a way
  • CoryRX8 - February 21, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    I know that I say this every time there's an article on a gaming patent... but how is this patentable? There's nothing new here! Also, the original purpose of the patent system was to publicly disclose implementation details in exchange for a temporary legal monopoly of your invention. This patent application doesn't give those technical implementation details, thus, no protected should be awarded. Our patent system is seriously broken.
  • CoryRX8 - February 21, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    I wish this site had an edit button. I guess I should cut the patent application some slack, seeing as how it references drawings that aren't showing up on the linked page. The details in implementation are extremely incomplete, but the figures may have helped clear things up.
  • Fizban - February 21, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    it could be that they are just looking at integrating the technology into their new TV's just as Samsung are now doing.
  • BladedFalcon - February 21, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    *Sighs* seriously Sony? If that's really gonna be one of your main Next-Gen draws, I'm calling it quits right now.

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