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This was what (pretty much) revolutionised movement tracking gaming. Back when this was first released it was just spectacular. It didn't actually track any of your body parts built rather project the video image onto a screen and when you moved about on the video, you could do things like wash a window and beat up plans coming towards you. Pretty good fun and whilst it is low tech for now, just being a camera, this was excellent back then!
The camera itself is very low resolution and picks up a very poor FPS. It is not motion sensitive meaning it will be recording all the time, not just when someone waves a hand. Such technology was a real step forward for gaming and so the memory cards couldn't take it. If you want to use this is with the standard 8MB memory card for the playstation, you would be able to record 60 seconds or less of low resolution poor sound quality footage and that would use up the entire disk space.
The sound quality is not great but simple words can be heard as can back ground noise but music sounds distorted and anything further than 8 ft away is out of earshot and can't be picked up very well. The eye toy has quite a long cable running from the back of it so you can leave space between the console and wherever you mount it and it is recommended you place it on top of the TV. You will get a pretty funny video to watch of an old granny trying to use the eye toy incorrectly showing you the do's and don'ts for the camera.
there are lots f different camera filters to try out like the bubble ones and ripple ones which really made me laugh looking like i had a 12" forehead. The Eye toy is built very well with a hard plastic casing around the camera, a large solid lens and a good quality rubber cable which is thick enough to protect the wire but not too thick to cause a problem.
Overall its a great family fun thing, rather that sitting on the sofa doing nothing, you can get up and do some exercise to burn some calories. Sofa gaming will never be a problem when using this, its like an early version of kinect.
The Sony eyetoy was a digital camera for the Playstation 2 which could process images and detect motion, allowing players to interact with games. At thwe time of release, the eyetoy was revolutionary, as this kind of technology had not been released before, but it has since gone out of fashion.
The Eyetoy Play game series was released at the same time, which contains a variety of games where players interact with things on the screen, such as washing windows with your hands and boxing a virtual opponent. The Eyetoy also functions as a webcam for your computer, which means it is still useful to have lying around even though better camera technology has since been released.
The Eyetoy and the games that use it are great fun to play, and the picture quality is reasonably good. It is compatible with the Playstation 3, but the more recent Playstation Eye has better picture quality and more features.
The sony eye toy was a bit of kit I had with a game that I think was fun to play as a group when having friends around or at family parties etc. I remember when we all had a great laugh washing windows and dodging ninjas when we used the eye toy and it was great fun .
The eye toy is a camera that you put on top of your tv and use it. The camera is smaller than your palm and can be put in place on a lot of tvs but if yours is a skinny or slim tv then you might have a bit of a problem. The eye toy is wired and has a usb connector that is easy to set up.
You can stick the eye toy camera in place with a sticky pad to keep it there but we didn't want to do that and used a bit of blue tak when we played using the eye toy. That worked ok and when we put away the eye toy it was easy to do and left no mess on the top of the tv.
The eye toy works because it detects your movement and the game you are playing responds to that. I think that it works fine and I was amazed with how accurate the camera was when I was flinging my arms about karate chopping flying ninjas etc. You can see yourself on the screen at the same time and that was a good bit of fun.
The camera picked up almost all my moves and the games I played on this worked a treat. I don't think there was much of a time lapse between me moving and the game reacting. I think that was very good for such a small camera that you plonk on top of your telly.
The camera was easy to set up and use and took only a few minutes to put in place when it was first used. It is small enough to leave in place if you want but I put it away when it was not being used.
You can pick these eye toy cameras up on their own for about £7 now and you will need to get a game or two to go with it. Games can be cheap depending on what you are going for and some games are better than others.
When you use the eye toy you don't need an additional controller to play the game. Its like you become the controller with the help of the eye toy and I think thats pretty cool. I would recommend the eye toy for use at parties etc because it brings people together for a bit of a laugh.
The Sony EyeToy is a camera accessory which is used in conjunction with the Playstation 2. It is just basically a small camera which allows the user to be the main part of the game. When this initially came out it was a thin people were excited about as nothing like it was ever released before. It gives you the power to play a selected number of games but instead of you controlling someone else it will be yourself that you actually control.
The price of this camera was available for a price of £19.99 but that could be more depending on whether or not you decided you wanted to purchase it in a bundle. This was a good idea as you would be saving much more on the games than you would of been if you had purchased the EyeToy on it's own.
As stated above the EyeToy is just a simple camera device that will sit at the top of your TV and plug into your Playstation. It is very easy to spot the place you need to put the lead in and once you have done that you will see the camera starting up. The good thing about this EyeToy is the fact that you don't have to use a Playstation controller with it and instead you just move you body which is a weird thing to get used to. This also adds a great deal of fun to the game as you are the one you are controlling.
To make sure the camera is suited to your preference you can simply play about with it by twisting it so you can get the best possible view of yourself. The speed of the actual camera is also something else which is pretty good and it doesn't tend to lag that much at all which I was impressed with.
My first reaction when actually looking at this was the fact that I really didn't expect the camera to pick my actions up all the time. Initially when I first started playing it proved me wrong but you will find that even a little difference in the light in your room will actually determine how good the accuracy is. A thing such as the sun beaming into your room could really put off how sensitive the camera actually is. I also think that the range of games leaves quite a bit to be desired, I expected more games to be released but I think in the end I could only find 10-12 and obviously not all of them fit your preference.
Overall as an extra for your Playstation I do think that it spices things up. It allows the user to try different things which they wouldn't be able to do with other consoles. Even though the games list is limited I think the games it does have on the console are of a decent enough standard. If your looking to have a bit of fun with your Playstation then I think this should be thought about because in my opinion it provided me and friends with quite a bit of fun whilst we used it.
When I had a PS2 which feels like many years ago, the Sony Eyetoy was introduced as an accessory. The Eyetoy for PS2 was revolutionary and what it is basically is a USB camera which places you into the game. Yep, you read correctly, this little flat camera places your image into a game though not just any game it has to be an Eyetoy compatible game. The camera transfers a live image of your into the game itself and you are able to interact and play with in game characters with no time delay. The Eyetoy makes your body the controller of the game.
The Eyetoy for the PS2 is made of very strong and durable black plastic - trust me, ours ended up falling off of the TV stand more than once and it survived every fall with not even a scratch. It has a black matt finish and is very much like a mini PS2 in the way it looks. There is a USB cable attached to the camera at the back which will need to be plugged into the PS2 to make it work.
The camera is situated at the front of the Eyetoy and looks like a little lens on a digital camera. There is a little stand for the camera so it stands very sturdy wherever you should decide to place it.
To work the camera you need to plug it into the USB port at the front of the PS2. The USB port on the PS2 is usually found at the front underneath the disc tray. I did find that the USB lead was quite short and a little bit of jigging around was needed to make sure it stretched enough which was a bit of pain as we had to do this each time we got the Eyetoy out. Once the Eyetoy is plugged in a little blue light will appear on the Eyetoy itself to tell you that it is working.
The Eyetoy works like a real camera in that you even have to adjust the focus. Depending on what game you have, you will usually be given a little how to use tutorial but to adjust the focus you twist and turn the lens at the front of the Eyetoy. You will be able to see whether you are in focus or not as by this stage you should be on the screen. The camera will also tell you if the room you are using it in is too dark. It does this through a little red LED light which is on the camera. If there isn't enough light in the room, the light will flash until the situation is rectified.
The picture quality on the Eyetoy is okay. It isn't anything amazing and I wasn't overly impressed but I do remember having lots of fun at Christmas with it whilst playing with my family. I don't think the games which were brought out to accompany it were great to be honest which is what let it down. It was a very strange feeling to see myself on the TV and that was the fun part of it really.
The Eyetoy did die a fast death after it was released and seemed to be a bit of a quick craze. It has been relaunched now on the PS3 and I have to say it is a lot better on the PS3 than it ever was on the PS2.
You can still purchase the Eyetoy from places like eBay and it will only cost you a couple of quid now. I remember paying the full price of £40 for it! If you have a PS2 I recommend it for a bit of fun but the PS3 version is a hell of a lot better.
ETA: You can also use the PS2 Eyetoy as a webcam but I never did this as I already owned one. I did read up about it and you have to install your own drivers etc which are downloadable from the internet. I have seen some great comments about that particular function so it is worth a go if you don't have a webcam.
I will review the camera and the game separately as a lot can be said about both.
The eyetoy camera is a peripheral made by Sony owned company called Studio London a company who have also developed the eyetoy play series of games.
The camera is made out of a fairly resistant plastic that will withstand a fair amount drops on the floor and knocks in to a wall. The camera is situated on a ball which as acts as the turning point of the camera there is also a stand bellow that to increase the stability of the camera when rested on the floor or on the TV.
Design wise the camera mimics the appearance of the Sony Playstation 2
The camera works via a USB connection. The lead on the camera plugs in to the USB port found bellow the disc tray on the original Playstation 2.
The camera has a red LED which will flash to indicate that there is inadequate lighting conditions in the room. The lens can also be twisted to adjust the focus
The camera can picked up from many second hand gaming stores for a £1 or less and the same with the games. So if you want to see and experience what restarted the idea of motion gaming its extremely affordable to do so.
Also on the internet there is some software available that will allow you to use this a web camera. But i haven't tried it myself so i cant give my experience on it as a webcam.
A revolution in gaming when it first came out, and still many other possibilities when it went out of fashion. The original function of the eye-toy was the game on the ps2, that involved players using themselves in a reflected position to play games with their hands, feet, even head.
But after this game went cold, i realised that i could use the Eye-toy as a webcam for my pc, instead of buying an actual one. I searched through the internet for the drivers and bam! i had a working webcam.
The quality of the thing isnt too bad either. Ive dropped it many times from heights above 6 foot (not on purpose!) and nothing has even scratched it.
If i had to have one criticism however, it would be that when its on as a webcam, the red light that shows its on can be very distractng, as you just want to stare at it, or thats just me. Anyways if you have an eyetoy, dont throw it out, it may come in useful sometime, it did for me
I have chosen to write this review on the Sony Playstation 2 accessory - The Eye Toy Camera as I think it is a fantastic and fun accessory to have so everyone should know about it and have a go themselves!
This review is (as the category says!) about the Eye Toy Camera itself, not a specific game!
*** What Is The Eye Toy? ***
The Eye Toy is a really fantastic accessory for use with the Playstation 2. It is a small black camera, which you place on top of your TV and plug into your Playstation 2, this will then put you on the TV screen, which will enable you to play various interactive games with yourself as the star on the TV screen!
The Eye Toy games have you as the star, with your image being projected through the eye toy camera on to the screen. It is here where the fun will begin! To control the eye toy games you do not need any controllers. You and your body are the controls. Every move you make small or large will control what happens in the games, this can mean one wrong flick of the hand and the bombs will go off and it will all be over!
Now, because every aspect of the eye toy camera is about movement in the area that the camera picks up, this will mean that if anybody else walks into the room and across your screen it can and most probably will cause havoc with your game play and many arguments can be started! I was playing a game where you can't touch the red bombs but you must touch the green ones when my mate walked through the door and set off two red bombs, which promptly ended my game, and I wasn't too happy! Also a little tip... if you have a clock in the background with a swinging pendulum then I would advise you move it or move your position of the camera as it will pick up its movements however small they may be and this can again lead to a very short game, this gets frustrating when you have no idea what is causing this to happen, it took me ages to work it out! But don't let these little things put you off, as you will have great fun!
*** So What Do I Do? ***
First of all you will need to purchase/borrow/rent an eye toy camera. On getting this home you need to plug it into the USB port on your Playstation 2. This port is located just below the controller ports.
Once plugged a bright blue light will appear next to the lens of the camera. This shows the camera is on and working fine. The next part will vary slightly depending on which game you have with your eye toy, but usually you will be taken through a on-screen guidance of how to use your eye toy camera. In this areas like focus and room brightness will be covered.
To adjust the focus of the eye toy all you simply need to do is gently twist the outer part of the lens until your picture on the screen becomes as clear as you want it.
Next you will need to sort out the lighting in the room you are playing in. This is because the camera reaction senses are affected by light. If the room is too light or too dark then it will find it hard to pick up your movements, this will result in poor game play for you. However it isn't too hard to make sure your lighting is right. Just make sure if it is daylight that any curtains are pulled to so any un-necessary glare onto the screen is avoided. If it is night time and you are playing with the lights turned on then you will need to make sure there is no glare coming off these too, my top tip for this is to use little bedside lamps and place them in a couple of places around the room which are just out of the way of the cameras view, or if you're short (like me!) then you might be able to get away with adjusting the camera angle so it doesn't catch the light from the ceiling. If the camera does detect lighting problems then a little red light will appear to tell you there is a problem and your game play will stop at this point until you sort it out.
Adjusting the camera angle is also really simple to do; all you do is gently move the camera around on its little stand until you are happy with the angle.
*** What Sort Of Things Can I do In The Games? ***
This will vary greatly depending on which game you have, and as I said earlier this is mainly about the eye toy camera, however the camera is nothing with out the games so here is an idea of some of the things you can get up to based on my experience. (You're gonna think I'm mad now!)
The eye toy compatible games I have are Eye Toy Play 1 & 2 and the Singstar Party.
In Eye Toy Play 1 & 2 there are loads of things for you to do and mini games for you to play on, for example if you go into the fun areas you can select to be in the background of a screen full of bubbles, sparkles or even spiders! On this type of screen every move you make will move the sparkles, poop the bubble or frighten the spiders away. In these little areas there is no score to beat or bad guys to wipe out, it is just entertaining J If you go into the games section then you will be able to play a wide variety of games including one where you throw yourself around the screen trying to clean windows and another where you set off fireworks or even try to launch spaceships into space without then blowing up! One thing I can say about all these games on Eye Toy 1 & 2 is you will be left breathless and wanting more!
My experience with the eye toy and Singstar Party however is a much calmer one as I have used this to put my image on the screen as I am singing a song... I will not recommend this as it is very off putting!
*** The Eye Toy Games ***
There are a variety of games available for use with the eye toy, they range from ones where the game can only be played using the eye toy camera - Eye toy play 1 & 2 to games where there is the option of playing the game with or without the eye toy - Singstar party.
These are the games that I am aware of being eye toy compatible:
Eye Toy Play 1
Eye Toy Play 2
Eye Toy Groove
Eye Toy Antigrav
Eye Toy Kinetic
Eye Toy Monkey Mania
Eye Toy Chat
Eye Toy Rhythmic Eye
These games vary in cost depending on whether you purchase the game alone or the bundles, which consist of either one or two games and the eye toy camera. On average a game alone will cost you between £17 and £25, whereas a bundle will cost between £25 and £39 depending on the game included in the bundle.
*** Other Info ***
Age Restriction: This will again depend on which game you purchase with you eye toy although most of them are age 3+ which I think is a fair limit as there is no violence or anything in the games, however I can't really see a 3 year old understanding what to do on some of the games so maybe the bubbles and sparkles would be more entertaining for the little 'uns!
Instructions: The instructions I received with my eye toy camera were on a folded piece of paper inside the box. However I bought my camera with Eye Toy Play 2, so the instructions may vary depending on how you buy it. There are also verbal instructions with an animated video showing you how to use the eye toy camera, this is shown when you first start up the eye toy games.
Saving and Loading: Again this will vary depending on which games you have. If you do want to save any of the games you will need a memory card for the Playstation 2.
Price: As I mentioned above, the price of the games and bundles vary depending on what you want to buy. The camera can be bought alone, the cheapest I have seen it was in Virgin Megastores for £19.99.
Ease Of Use: The eye toy camera is very easy to set up and use, it is pretty much self explanatory once you have it plugged in as most of the games will have the guidance demo for you.
Lifetime Of The Camera: This camera and its games will keep you entertained for ages! I have had it for around a year now and I still look forward to getting home from work and having an eye toy work out... beats going to the gym any day!
Thanks for reading! Lou.x