PS4 augmented reality experiments demoed by Sony

Sony releases new videos showing off the AR tech it's developing.

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Between Oculus Rift and Sony's own Project Morpheus, the big craze of late has been virtual reality. In addition to VR, Sony has been working with augmented reality technology for several years now, and today it released new videos of PlayStation 4 tech demos showing what it's been up to.

On PlayStation's Japanese website (as spotted by NeoGAF), two videos were released to show off the AR lighting technology it's developed which presumably makes use of the PlayStation 4 camera. The first of these shows a man holding up two squares with pictures on them that cause box-shaped fishbowls, of sorts, to appear on-screen. He proceeds to "pour" the water (and accompanying rubber duck--Sony loves its rubber duck tech demos) from one into the other before pouring it onto the ground.

The other video shows a person moving a flashlight back and forth over a dinosaur and then Japanese character Hatsune Miku. This creates a shadow on the on-screen floor that moves based on the position of the light and the character.

Lastly, shown only in the form of a single screenshot was PS4 "trading card recognition" technology reminiscent of the PlayStation 3 game The Eye of Judgment, albeit with Hatsune Miku in place of monsters.

Sony is not the only company exploring augmented reality tech. In 2012, it was rumored that Microsoft was developing augmented-reality glasses, known as "Fortaleza," for release in 2014 on the Xbox One. Meanwhile, former Valve employees raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter last year for their augmented reality system castAR.

Sony, like Microsoft, has not made any formal announcements regarding plans to release any augmented reality gaming technology, meaning we may never see any of this put to use.

Does augmented reality technology interest you more than virtual reality? Let us know your preference in the comments below.

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Mature Anime?

Try Jin-Roh

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AR is best left to handhelds as it creates more immersion than simply seeing yourself on a screen. However, it may prove useful if used in conjunction with VR.

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Stop changing your website Gamespot it get bugged every time you did something new....

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Is it just me or this is great for making educational games for kids?

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It's just your head.

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Why is it that they could do this on the TV show "Nick Arcade" back in 1991 but we're still calling it future tech? It would seem to me that the technology isn't hard to develop, it's just simply not worth developing.

Yes, I realize I'm being partially sarcastic and partially disdainful.

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That sums it up perfectly, LOL.

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I personally would rather AR on a product like Google Glass. But that shadow demonstration was pretty dang sweet!

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T-rex and Hatsune Miku demo was pretty awesome. Now I wanna see what else it can do...lol.

Hope so see some more demo of AR soon.

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Awesome LOL

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VR is Oculus and Morpheus

This is Augmented Reality (AR)

Kinect is just motion sensing


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So it was a video on making lighting from the real world make shadows in real time on the computer rendered object. That's a pretty crazy awesome accomplishment.

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Good god that was weird... x 2

Why do I have the feeling the only 'killer app' for stuff like this is Skylanders?

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That was cool...

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Another victory for bruce lee

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They are getting so close to Full Dive VR with these tests... only took 7 years for tv based 3d objects superimposed on camera feed!!

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uh, alright.

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The flash light with the dino was pretty cool with the shadows

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Sony is so out of touch with reality they don't even know the basics of water.

Or wait - is that supposed to be the blue substance in a gelatin form that they use in maxi pad commercials? If so, good job Sony - nailed it!

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Considering they got water wrong, it's not very 'techy', now is it.

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Technology demonstration. They're not trying to nail fluid dynamics, they're showing how the AR recognizes that you're pouring a substance from one canister to another. If it needs further explanation that's on you.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> who says its water


just because there's a duck in there?

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Then make your own godamn console with augmented reality you worthless troll! And you better get the water 100% realistic or it's shit!

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Looks awsm. There's tons of potential for this tech.

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That's the t-rex from the PS1 demo!

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Kinect can detect your pulse.

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Kinect can detect your ass.

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Can it detect my erections??????


That is the real question!

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With PS4 you don't even need detection.

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I'm in!


Count me in!


I want an Xbox NOW!


Now I will know if the girls I invite over want to bang or not!


THANKS XBONE!

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Why is the Asian Guy wearing a lab coat like if he was a scientist or something?


Anyway, great potential is in store for the PS4!


A+

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Realtime lighting and shadow with a torch, Witchcraft, Witchcraft I say !

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