Product Type: Sony game controllers
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That is me on the TV! ME!
Member Name: ally_kats_mama
Advantages: Fun to see yourself on TV
Disadvantages: Short cable wire, not so great picture quality
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.
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