Thanks to this week’s Microsoft Gamesfest, we now know a little more about the enigmatic Live Vision camera add-on for the Xbox 360.
For one game, at least, it sounds like it’ll work much like the PS2’s eye toy – using your body to control the action on-screen. Stuff’s also just learned from Microsoft that the Live Vision’s UK debut will occur in October, hot on the heels of its September launch in the US.
There’s a nice little range of games that’ll team up with the cam, including Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas, Pinball FX and World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions. Neat demos of the poker game have been shown where the on-screen character’s face is animated according to your expressions in front of the camera. It turns out that poker face you honed for years wasn’t made redundant by web gambling after all.
Rather than simply a gaming add-on like Sony’s EyeToy, the Vision will give 360 players more webcam-type features, too. Gamers will be able to use the cam for video chat malarkey, sending photo messages and customising their online picture.
Luckily we’ve been invited round to Microsoft’s place in a few weeks for a muck about with the Vision, so keep checking back for our first reactions.
Xbox Live Vision
On sale: October