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EyePet on PS3: The next generation of virtual pet revealed

by Steven Williamson on 21 August 2008, 11:26

Tags: Eye Pet, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3, Children's

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At the Games Convention Sony has revealed an odd new game -of sorts -that it has billed as the 'ultimate pet for modern living'.

The EyePet is a virtual pet that lives on screen, but reacts to your commands via the Playstation Eye camera.

Working in ‘Augmented Reality’, EyePet is fully aware of people in the room and will interact with you and your environment. Place an object in front of the camera that EyePet hasn’t seen before and it’ll know exactly what to do with it, give it something new and it’ll examine it thoroughly. Tickle it by waving your fingers in front of the camera: it laughs, poke it: it jumps, roll it a ball: EyePet chases around the screen after it. It also has a range of quirky facial expressions. Freaky!

You'll also be able to customise EyePet and dress it up! What animal is it though; a monkey, cat, dog?  We have no idea, but it's kinda cute. No doubt the kiddies will love it.

That's all we know about it for now, but we're childishly looking forward to see what else this crazy EyePet does. We understand EyePet will be available in late 2009.





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I kind of get the point of having a virtual pet rather than a real one, cheaper, cleaner, doesn't suddenly fall over and die, etc. but aren't they missing a pretty big trick with all of this…?

Why can't we have virtual pets which we can force to do crazy stunts for our amusement? If I want my pet monkey to ride a 1000cc motorbike through a wall of flame and over a shark filled tank then why can't I do it in the virtual world? I want to be able to attach a laser to a hamster's head and wire up a guinea pig with electrified razors and make them fight for their evening meal!

Why stick to the limitations the real world imposes when we are only limited by our imagination in the virtual world?
yea that is a point. i want my pet to fight other pets online.

but when some youngster trains their cat to fight a ferret say, with knives and forks, instead of blaming GTA, they'll blame eye-pet :(
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I kind of get the point of having a virtual pet rather than a real one, cheaper, cleaner, doesn't suddenly fall over and die, etc. but aren't they missing a pretty big trick with all of this…?

Why can't we have virtual pets which we can force to do crazy stunts for our amusement? If I want my pet monkey to ride a 1000cc motorbike through a wall of flame and over a shark filled tank then why can't I do it in the virtual world? I want to be able to attach a laser to a hamster's head and wire up a guinea pig with electrified razors and make them fight for their evening meal!

Why stick to the limitations the real world imposes when we are only limited by our imagination in the virtual world?

Very good point. The likes of Nintendogs have done this virtual pet thing to death. The camera brings something new, but if it just rolls over and fetches balls it's a bit of a waste.

I like the pets fighting idea! Train them up offline and then bring them into the online arena to do battle.
LOL you guys are crazy…..I like crazy. I've been playing spore recently, Nothing original (been done before, just now it's more vast and in 3D). The stat system they have is pants though, not in the slightest bit realistic or believable. The worst thing is it's made by EA, ie. countless expansions, Sony malware DRM, etc.