PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

A story suggesting that an Eye-Toy like innovation may be Sony's secret weapon for the PS3 has landed on our news desk and since the origin is a reliable source which we call a MegaGames friend, we have to mention it.

In a time when everyone is heaping praise, and rightly so, on Nintendo for innovating and daring to be alternative, many have forgotten that Sony has a proven record of fresh ideas including the introduction of Eye Toy which all of its rivals will be using in some shape or form in their new consoles. This news seems to tie-in well with the Sony's innovative side and with the idea that the Japanese giant had to have an ace somewhere up its sleeve.

The message we received started with a rather ambitious claim, ...what is the unrevealed connection between PS3 and Minority Report? We scratched our heads, called a meeting and remembering Kaz Hirai's enthusiasm at E3 the answer was obvious; stiff acting by both casts, right? It seems there is more to it than that as the correct answer comes from Sony's involvement with Prime Sense, a new Israeli company that claims to be operating in stealth mode. The new company claims to have patent-pending technology that can ...reconstruct 3D topography without assuming anything about the user or environmental conditions.

If you are still unclear as to how that ties in with Sony, maybe the full description of the technology by Prime Sense will light that bulb over your head.
Prime Sense's concept is a device, which allows a computer to perceive the world in 3D and derive an understanding of the world based on sight, just the way humans do.

The device includes a sensor, which sees a user (including their complete surroundings), and a digital component, or "brain" which learns and understands user movement within those surroundings.

Prime Sense's interactive device can see, track and react to user movements outside the computer, all without change of environment or wearable equipment for the end user. The closed device is plug and play and platform independent.

The way our, very reliable, source was reminded of Minority Report has to do with a scene in the movie in which a user manipulates a computer screen using special gloves; only with this tech you do not need the gloves. This reminds us of what Gesture Tek have hinted is possible with XBox 360 but taken one big step further.

Our source became even more specific claiming that the add-on will be available for the PS3 on the console's global release in mid November while Logitech will come up with a PC version a few months later. Additionally we found out that the Department of Defense, has expressed an interest in the technology although that is unlikely to affect the PS3 version of the hardware.

In conclusion, we have a very reliable source that claims Sony will have a PS3 peripheral which will recognize a user and his entire environment as well as his movements and will incorporate them into useful, in-console actions. The applications of this tech to gaming are obvious and if this story is proved right, Sony may yet manage to steal Nintendo's thunder in this generation of the console wars.

For a link to the developer's website follow the download tab above and please bear in mind that their How we do it section is meant to be a joke rather than the real secret behind the technology.

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PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

This atm doesn't interest me, I'm still going ps3 because of ff13, RE5, Tekken and possibly silent hill (anyone heard if they're making a new one of next gen?) and I don't see how this can enhance themOnly thing that can enchance them is rumble... damnit sony just settle and give me my rumble >.<

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

hum, you know, as soon as something cool for the ps3 is announced, all the Wii/Nintendo fanboys are nowhere to be seen, thats weird.I reckon that it would be a good addon, but like all preferials, it will have to be utilised properly. Probably would work in dating sims or someting.

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

Anon below me, how very true :)This sounds wicked sweet. I'd get one for PS3 and for my PC, looks like 360 kids will have to sit back and do the watching hahaIf they manage to make this thing work well in a game, it will be incredible. If they fail, it would stink. PS3 should have a rumble controller that uses this new thing for player movement, that's strange but not far out (especially since the Wii has basiclly the same thing).

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

Let's not forget Sony and Microsoft's joint development of a special device that is optional for both the PS3 and the Xbox360.It's a device which allows you to pretend you're sitting on a chair when really your just sitting on the floor. In the middle of most games you can press a special button and, using its in-built camera, it will take a photo of you and display you sitting on a chair.Think about it people...Go PC.

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

a nice concept i guess, but if i can get it for my PC, without paying $600 for ps3... well, guess what... PC all the way. although ps3 sounds more like a pc that you cant upgrade. im getting a WIINintendo all the way - revolution time!!! i hope... :pps, Megagames posting service is pooooo!!!

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

I don't see the big deal here. This is not a "exclusive" product for Sony. If Logitech is going to make one, expect one for the PC and Xbox360 and the Wii down the road if this thing takes off. More markets+more systems=$$$MS will get this for sure as Logitech has very very close ties with Microsoft. Nothing special

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

Maybe Sony should work on something more important in basic gaming? How about Rumble Sony? You don't have that and all the other consoles do, including the PC. You won't have it period. That's sad. Real sad.Who cares about this so called "innovation". This is not a Sony only product so it's going to be released on all gaming formats at sometime. When Sony decides to release the PS3 the way they described it at E3 2005, then i will line up to buy a $600 PS3. The PS3 at E3 2005 with all it's "demos" is not the same PS3 at 2006.

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

Nintendo fan boys are still around in great numbers look at the interest in their device! Sony announce technology not developed by themselves and not exclusive to themselves, which no-one has seen working, and sony fan boys think we're gonna go all 'oooh s**t sony's on to a winner here'? I'll wait to see how the wii controller works before i pass judgement but knowing the big N i'm sure it will rock. Knowing sony i think the new technology will suck c**k!

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

If this was a Sony exclusive piece of hardware, then i would give Sony props and praise. It is not. It will be available for all platforms if people actually have interest in it. So i have no idea why Megagamesdeems this as worthy news material. Maybe to help offset all the bad press Sony has been receiving lately......

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

So it's what a camera with some funky software?It can see in 3d but if your going to be standing/sitting in front of the thing does that not mean you will still only be using the basic left right up down hand covering lens for super points like the eye toy already does?not a fanboy of any system just games:)

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

"PS3 Secret WeaponThe latest rumor going around is that the PS3 is actually going to have a 3D perception. Once again this story is TOTALLY unfounded so don’t get all riled up just yet."-Hardocp-That sums this megagames story up. lol

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

Father of Sony is demoted. LOL. Ken Kutaragi got demoted from the head postion at Sony. Gee, i wonder if this was because of all the bad news and lies about the PS3 or maybe the fact that Sony Corp. lost 66.5 Billion Yen for the period of Jan-March? lol.

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

So does MS, though I guess to many people fall for Xbox hype to noticeas Anonymousat 17:32 27/6/2006 said it's because the eyetoys success MS is STEALING the idea, also Yes yes yes Sony has no inovation now blow your loads allready and tell me.... whats so new and inovative about the 360 the PS3 has newer tech then it does even if it's not the best so why do people say Sony isn't but leave MS alone (besides the blatent fanboyism)

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

I guess this device just to match a skeliton to the 2D image-recognition and tries to backwards deduce the 3D positions of yourself/enviroment.Two cameras at angles would help.3D radar &or IR reflection scanning would be best.Both add costs though. (the second a lot more then the first)I am also highly skeptical of accuracy.Wouldnt profesional mocap studios be using this ages ago if it was accurate?

PS3 Secret Hardware Revealed

Anonymousat 19:12 27/6/2006 the Xbox360 also has new tech in the GPU of the R500. It's the ONLY GPU on the market that has embedded DRAM on the GPU and the only GPU that has a unified shader archetecture. No other GPU has this. Professional workstation GPU or Consumer GPU. That's innovation

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