Scheduled for a Summer release in Europe, PlayStation Eye is an essential accessory for voice, video chat and online gaming that will enable gamers to enjoy their PlayStation 3 experiences like never before.

The new Eye has been designed specifically for PS3 it will work with the next generation of social gaming titles and new services being developed for PS3.

The PlayStation Eye is packed full of key features; a microphone with the ability to reduce background noise and focus on the spoken word for smoother, more accurate speech recognition and transfer. It can capture videos and audio clips directly to your PS3’s hard disk drive and is claimed to even perform in low-light conditions.

It can capture slow motion and time-lapse, with faster frame rates for improved tracking, responsiveness and smoothness by its two position zoom lens for close-up and full body options.

The Eye has a range of eye-catching visual effects to apply to photos and videos, and comes bundled with EyeCreate editing software, which allows you to save and edit photos, video and audio clips.

“PlayStation Eye is a great example of how we have moved forward so significantly with our technology. PlayStation Eye has four times the resolution, twice the framerate and double the sensitivity of its predecessor EyeToy USB Camera. With the technology that we now have at our disposal we will be able to dramatically improve the communications experience enjoyed on PS3”, said David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Its technology includes:
4 channel audio input:16 bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90dB
56º to 75º Field of View zoom lens
2.1 F-stop, <1% distortion, fixed focus (25cm to 8 at 75º FOV)
640 x 480 at 60 frames/second
320 x 240 at 120 frames/second
USB2 high-speed data transfer
Uncompressed video or optional JPEG compression