If you’re at all interested in Augmented Reality (AR) then the video below is essential viewing. It recently went live on the PlayStation.Blog and details the history of AR on Sony’s consoles.
Over the years the technology has become increasingly sophisticated and developers seem much more willing to experiment with fresh approaches to game design utilising the new tools at their disposal. A good example of this are the two Invizimals titles on PSP which encourage you to interact with your environment to capture virtual creatures.
The PlayStation Move has taken AR to a whole new level in games like EyePet: Move Edition where your controller morphs into a hair dryer or a baseball mitt on the TV screen. The successor to the PSP – the NGP – looks to further establish Sony as a leader in AR entertainment. With built-in cameras on the front and back of the device, combined with a state-of-the-art graphics chip, it should provide developers with a platform to bring their AR daydreams to life.
One particularly impressive display of the NGP’s potential I’ve seen is where a man holds up the NGP’s screen as if it were a viewfinder and walks around a realistically-rendered, ‘living’ T-Rex.
Look out for a brief clip of this demonstration towards the end of the video:
EyeToy to NGP: PlayStation’s Augmented Reality Legacy – Video