Shutter opened on 360 camera

[UPDATE] Xbox program manager reveals September 19 debut date for Xbox Live Vision; other details include dashboard theme, music player visualizer, game interactivity.

Microsoft has been busy making sure that its Xbox 360 is up to speed. The most recent evidence of this is the massive dashboard update announced last week, which includes Web-cam support. Though the update will mean Xbox 360s are ready for the camera, it doesn't mean that the camera is necessarily ready for the Xbox 360.

Xbox Live Vision

The camera will be ready in September, however, according to Aaron Greenberg, group marketing manager of Xbox Live. On a podcast hosted by coworker and director of Xbox Live programming Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, Greenberg said the camera will be released simultaneously in North America and Europe on September 19. [UPDATE] On his blog, Hryb corrected the European release info for the Xbox Live Vision. The camera will be available on October 2 in Europe and Asia (excluding Japan). Release dates for Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have not yet been announced.

"We're adding eyes to Live, if you will," said Greenberg, when detailing the function of the camera. The USB 2.0 peripheral, named Xbox Live Vision, will be compatible with PCs, and no drivers will be required for either machine. Greenberg also said that other Web cams won't work with the Xbox 360--the Xbox 360 cam was designed specifically for the 360.

The camera will show off some features even when gamers aren't actively using it. On the 360 dashboard, a new setting will let gamers set the background of the dashboard (like themes) and interact with it. Waving hands in the view of the camera when it's on its "watery" setting will cause the background to "undulate" and ripple as if underwater. Other options include an "edgy" setting (likened to a "bad music video" by Hryb) and a "dotty" setting.

A similar feature can be used with the visualizer in the Xbox 360's music player. The psychedelic effects will be set atop a background image that captures what's going on in the room for an instant dance party with personalized visuals.

The camera will also be used in several games, such as Activision's World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions, Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, and several Xbox Live Arcade games, including "some gesture-based games, a pinball game, and TotemBall." For WSOP and RS: Vegas, the camera will model users' whole heads, with both portrait and profile shots being used to help add depth to the mapped image.

Messages will also include photos taken with the camera. When the camera is released later this year, gamers will be able to message each other with text, voice, photos, or all three.

To listen to the entire interview, head over to Major Nelson's Web site.

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276 comments
DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

Only would get to make custom GT pics, though I think my Ayane is fine.

Aeoxins
Aeoxins

In Reply to NEv70, whats not to stop them from taking pictures of themselves in the nude. I think this idea could turn out to be very ugly.

Trev102
Trev102

Everyone says they are worried about seeing people's faces. Ill be relieved if I see people's faces. BTW about the copying situation everything evolves.

CloudStrifeFFO7
CloudStrifeFFO7

Thats pretty cool! I dont have a 360 but whenever this camra comes out I want to get it just for my PC and when ever I get a 360 I already have something to go with it!

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

just because someone has their camera on, doesn't mean you have to accept any live vid feed from them..some of you are real idiots for not realizing this.

Randomd00d
Randomd00d

i dont think this is really that kool... imean its nice and interesting but i wouldnt buy it...

grave_rob
grave_rob

face mapping on some games will be kinda rad. & the whole overhead on R6 will probably be sick. just hope they don't overprice these things.

Disgaeamad
Disgaeamad

Interesting. I am planning on buying a 360 soon, so I could try and get this as well

MoopyD
MoopyD

It sucks because there is so much copying happenin......the only smart thing to do is to ignore this fact.....unless you are really towards a specific console

elcarnal17CR
elcarnal17CR

Hahaha...why are PS3 fanboys calling this an eye-toy?? We could by all rights call the controllers a no-rumble Wii controller ripoff. PS3 online.... "cough"Xbox Live ripoff!!!"cough"

Doomshine
Doomshine

everyone copies everyone in one way or another, hate it or learn to like it

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Yeah right, the Eye Toy had nothing to do with online. I bet Sony copies this!

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

In the beginning it's going to be a bit ruff. But I'm sure MS is going to have parent controls, video community optional age limits, an abuse report system, video buddy list, video invite, and public video disable. It can work, it's just like developing an EMU. Mpeg3s

Endracion
Endracion

Wow, this update seriously looks awesome, I can see they're trying very hard this year, to make the Xbox 360 THE peice of necessary hardware.

grassgreener12
grassgreener12

well....another way for pedafiles to get in contact with kids....well goodbye xbox360...hello ps3 purchase...hopefully michael jackson doesnt play on live....oh god!!!!

GloverD
GloverD

Nahh i aint diggin this

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

it is kind of cool that Fony are having their hardware ripped off too, though. lol ooooh wow a USB camera.

krustykrew1
krustykrew1

Now we can gaze into each other eyes when we are killing each other

Azzzel
Azzzel

hope ps3 get a webcam,

Lucifer013
Lucifer013

Here comes the child predators...then the anti-game activists start saying that it is Microsoft fault, lol.

TensiNothing
TensiNothing

oh... cool.. God only knows the weird disturbing things people will take pictures of.... umm I'll wait for Wii..

vamroc
vamroc

I'm glad because now we will know who all those punk b!tches are Xbox live.

blackmage0_15
blackmage0_15

Has anyone seen the movie Anti-Trust? That's what worries me.

lageasy311
lageasy311

Sounds boring. Why does microsoft think that LIve is where it's at? Alot of people (including me) hate playing live games. It's littered with stupid little kids that I can't stand b/c of their immaturity to have to make fart noises and stuff like that.......why would i wanna see these twerps live? Just gives me more of an excuse to punch my TV.

REforever101
REforever101

cool, now we can see what everyone on the leaderboards look like.......

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

the dude they use the eyetoy in several of the tony hawk ps2 games

ZERO52
ZERO52

cool ill get it...maybe

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

great, more reasons not to get to xbox live and disvalue what they might have had.

priest17
priest17

I say its just a bad idea. Eyetoy was pretty stupid and adding the feature of seeing people (most likely nerds) while playing doesnt make it better. P.S. why would I want to see my friends while I play live???

joeinverted
joeinverted

To all of the Sony fanboys/girls saying MS copied EyeToy, just stuff it! Webcams have been around for ages. It only makes sense that the console maker with the best online service would make the incremental upgrade from audio chat to video chat. There may be some interactive functionality in games, but this device is first and foremost a means to communicate with others. Connecting with your friends is what Xbox Live is all about.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Well,this sounds like a cool thing. But how many of the users will actually use their faces?

PoP-WW
PoP-WW

poor copy of sony why do they still bother and this looks so ugly

j00n_
j00n_

Copying Eye-Toy..

theoxylo
theoxylo

what, no video messaging? too much bandwidth, I guess. but I'm disappointed

PonJarker
PonJarker

i wonder if my girlfriend would notice the hum of the fans and the green light

MONTE_BLK
MONTE_BLK

Great! Now people can see who is about to lay the SMACKDOWN ON THEM!!

XNG
XNG

EYE TOY! Mykrosoft takes the concept of SONY's EYETOY and make a bad "suck-better-modification"... LOL mdr vraimen tro con c ricains...

XBOX360LIVE
XBOX360LIVE

I guess I have to put clothes on next time I play LIve.

Agent_023
Agent_023

If we could use the camera like in Minority Report when navigating the Xbox 360 dashboard, then hell yes I'd get it. Otherwise I'll have to wait and see whether it's worth the money.

Killian420
Killian420

so, wait, uhh, i'll have to turn the camera around to hit the bong, well i guess i don't have to

acummuta
acummuta

It seems like it could be a cool addition. Don't know if I care much yet. I'll wait to see the games.

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

SOOOOOOOOOOO PATHETIC . Cheap Eye Toy copy .

BrianC6234
BrianC6234

Wow Microsoft, a camera. Nobody thought of that idea yet.