PlayRoom, The Adorable PlayStation 4 Augmented Reality Tech Demo

By Spencer . June 25, 2013 . 1:50pm

Tucked away in a corner at E3 was a hands-on demo for The PlayRoom, a PlayStation 4 augmented reality tech demo that shows what’s inside a DualShock 4. I thought the controller was made out of motors and circuit boards, but in The PlayRoom the controller is filled with little tiny robots.



You can fire a robot called Asobi (Japanese for “play”) out of the controller and it will fly around your room. The PlayStation Eye shows the player and your living room on screen with Asobi super imposed on it. You can interact with Asobi by hitting it, but Asobi will get upset and retaliate by freezing your head or electrocuting you. Not in real life, of course, but on the screen. You can remove the ice by shaking your head.


The PlayRoom has another tech demo called AR Bots, which lets players flick robots out of the DualShock 4 by swiping the touchpad. Bots will run around and play in your living room. You can create toys for them to play with by using a tablet. The tech demo had preset items like a beach ball that you can add to the screen. I also drew items by making shapes on the tablet, which transformed my 2D drawings into 3D objects.


AR Bots also demoed the DualShock 4’s motion controls when you vacuum the little robots up by moving the controller around the screen.


The robots dance when they’re inside your controller, but you have to hold the controller still. Shaking it moves the robots around. Turn the controller upside down, and you can hear the robots make shout “whoaaaa” through the DualShock 4’s microphone. You can also “feel” the robots moving up and down since the DualShock 4 activates motors at different times to give players the illusion that the robots are living inside.


The PlayRoom was a neat experiment, but it isn’t a game. Perhaps, Sony Computer Entertainment will use some of this tech for a future title like a next-gen LittleBigPlanet or a game that utilizes the PlayStation Eye, because The PlayRoom was the only game at E3 that really utilizes the accessory.

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  • ⚾Jerry Lee⚾

    Now THAT is a good use for a camera on a Console. :)

  • yorudox

    This is really cool!
    I might consider picking up a ps4 eye one day!

  • Sergio Briceño

    I wouldn’t mind something like this for Pokémon. Maybe next generation.

  • I think they should make another eye of judgment game with this or a yugioh game.

    • Solomon_Kano

      “or a yugioh game”

      This, this, this! The Eye of Judgement always made me wish Konami would get on that with Yu-Gi-Oh. It would’ve been a perfect fit!

    • jujubee88

      Great news! Invizimals is going to do this! ^^

      You can buy the trading cards (where available) and scan them in for battle. Battle in an arena w/ cross-play against PS3. AR play to find Invizimals.


      • I’ll wait for a PS4 version.

    • isotrex

      If they do it right, making a yugioh game, then that would be an instant PS4 buy for me. hahaha.

      Imagine all the money they could get just for buying those cards and looking for rare ones. :D

  • JustThisOne

    This is super cute! I seriously hope they’ll use more of the tech in games.

  • Kai2591

    haha nice

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Wow, that was really something! Awesome! :D

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    • Syn

      lol, really dude, Eye Toy on the PS2 did it first, now everyone thinks Kinect was first, lol smh

      • RichyGaming

        So if any system does a reality app like Kinect, Eye Toy, Reality augment and such, they’re not considered cool, even if it is a greater used tech?

        • Syn

          lol, no man, he edited his comment before as to how this was copying the Kinect, I was simply letting him know the Eye came before that so you cant really call it copying now can you. I think the Tech is awesome where ever it is implemented well.

          • RichyGaming

            Oooh, alright I fucked up. My bad Daniel :o

    • Unlimax

      To your information ..

      EyeToy = 2003
      Kinect = 2010

  • SlickRoach

    What Sony didn’t reveal is that DualShock 4 controllers actually ARE powered by dozens of tiny robots to enhance your gaming experience.

    • RichyGaming

      So if I kill them all, my controller won’t work, dood?

  • Greco

    More closer look at this demo

  • Isaac Newton

    Is this Milo the correct way?

    • The Watcher

      Sure because Milo is a robot….

  • InfernoCommander

    Guys! Guys! Customizable LED?? I remember at the e3 conference, one of the ps4 controllers had yellow

  • Will like an animal crossing game like this, I think ?

  • Magnumsally

    I want to be in the matrix

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