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PS4′s ‘Playroom’ tech demo may get expanded release at launch, says Sony

Tuesday, 16th July 2013 08:30 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4′s new controller and camera functionality was shown off at E3 using a series of tech demos called Playroom, and it was said to have wowed onlookers so much that Sony is now considering expanding it with more games and releasing it to the public.

The demo was created by PS4 hardware and software developers to showcase what the PS4′s new control methods were capable of, and includes a touch and motion-controlled version of Pong, among other demo games.

It was never intended to be released to the public, but that may change based on its strong reaction at E3 last month.

Speaking with Polygon, SCEA senior producer Tsubasa Inaba said “Conceptionally it follows the DNA of [PS Vita's] Welcome Park.

“That’s actually the perfect example. Our R&D teams for hardware and our software teams worked to put that application together. It was a very similar situation for this one.”

Inaba added that following E3, internal Sony studios started to think of other games for the demo, and when asked if Playroom could come pre-installed on PS4 hardware he replied, “Perhaps. We hope to have a more definitive answer to that question in the next month or two.”

Would you like to see the Playroom demo installed on PS4? Let us know below.

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  1. KAP

    Yes, most definately.

    Its a smart way to build excitement in to new possibilities for the futute of the Camera and software.

    I’ be getting the camera with PS4 eventually so its all good.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Zensi

    I can see this being cool for 5 miniutes & never been played again after that ..

    #2 1 year ago
  3. VibraniumSpork

    Yeah, I’m strongly considering picking up the camera with the PS4 at launch. I never had Kinect (nor did I miss it though, to be honest) but Playroom’s looking good and I’m hoping there’ll be some voice commands integrated into Battlefield 4. Also: Just Dance…my girlfriend’s been moaning about not being able to play that for months/years. Time to acquiesce -_-

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Cort

    Sony has a track record in recent years of coming up with great technology and ideas and doing absolutely fuck all with it. PS4 owners better hope SCE actually has the will to actually deliver this and other things on a format that people want and can use, supported by decent content.

    Cough*Home*cough.

    PS What @2 said.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. MangoMantang

    They should include it free with each PS4 bundle that includes a PS4 Eye.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. sg1974

    @5 Playroom is already going to be embedded on every PS4 sold.

    “It was never intended to be released to the public, but that may change based on its strong reaction at E3 last month.”

    Erm…

    http://www.vg247.com/2013/07/03/playroom-will-come-pre-loaded-on-ps4/

    #6 1 year ago
  7. ImNoHero

    Make it free on PSN Store, so if someone doesn’t want it to take from the storage capacity.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. jmg24bad

    Might as well have int installed onto every ps4, along with some of those f2p games the system will have . It would be a good way to get people to buy the camera

    #8 1 year ago