The Playroom (2013 video game)

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The PlayRoom
The Playroom logo.png
Developer(s) SCE Japan Studio

Firesprite
Double Fine Productions

Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Augmented reality
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

The PlayRoom is a casual video game that is a collection of augmented reality mini-games. It was developed by SCE Japan Studio, comes pre-loaded on all PlayStation 4 consoles, and is meant to demonstrate the use of the PlayStation Camera and the DualShock 4 controller. The PlayStation Camera accessory is required to play The Playroom.[1] If a camera is not present, a trailer for The Playroom will be displayed instead of the full game. Firesprite, the new studio from former employees of SCE Studio Liverpool, worked on the visuals of The Playroom.[3]

Minigames[edit]

Play with Asobi[edit]

Asobi is a pet-like robot that can be summoned by rubbing the Touch Pad. Players can interact with Asobi in various ways, and Asobi has the ability to recognize different people through facial recognition.[4] Asobi is an evolution of the previous Sony Computer Entertainment title, EyePet.

AR Bots[edit]

AR Bots is a minigame that places thirty robots in the DualShock 4 controller screen. Players can interact with the robots through the controller, utilizing the motion sensor. The robots can also be displayed on the television instead of the controller screen by gesturing up on the touch pad.[4]

An update released on 15 April 2014 (v1.04) added Sackboy as a hidden extra into this room.

Air Hockey[edit]

Air Hockey uses two controllers to augment a virtual play field in front of the players. The motion sensor stretches the play field, and the touch pad is used to control the paddles to return the ball. The first player who scores seven points wins the game.[4]

Downloadable content[edit]

Toy Maker[edit]

Toy Maker is free downloadable content for The Playroom which allows users to use tablets, smartphones or PlayStation Vita to interact with AR Bots. Players can create a two dimensional drawing which will become a three dimensional toy for the AR Bots to play with. The Toy Maker DLC was released on 26 November 2013 in North America and was available at the PlayStation 4 launch in Europe on 29 November 2013.

My Alien Buddy[edit]

Double Fine Productions created free downloadable content, titled My Alien Buddy,[5] which utilized the skills in augmented reality mini-games that Double Fine learned while making the Xbox Live Arcade Kinect games Double Fine Happy Action Theater and Kinect Party for Microsoft.[6] The alien buddy is a deformable toy with which the player can interact. My Alien Buddy was released on 24 December 2013.[7]

Ninja Bots[edit]

A DLC game in which the player controls a ninja AR Bots, evading traps and firing shuriken. The Ninja Bots DLC was released on 13 March 2014 and supports up to four players.

References[edit]

Doucet, Nicolas. [http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/08/18/the-playroom-ar-studio-out-tonight-on-ps4/ The Playroom: AR Studio Out Tonight on PS4 18 August 2014. Retrieved on 20 August 2014

  1. ^ a b c d e "Reminder: Playroom Will Be Pre-installed On Every PlayStation 4". IGN. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "PlayStation 4 hitting shelves on November 15th in the US for $399, November 29th in Europe". Engadget. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (6 December 2013). "From the ashes of WipEout dev Studio Liverpool rises Firesprite". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Fallon, Jimmy (13 November 2013). Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. NBC.
  5. ^ "PS4 Playroom DLC “Toy Maker” released: we go hands-on". SlashGear. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Double Fine Is Making Free DLC For The PS4 Pack-In The Playroom". Kotaku. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "My Alien Buddy Is Out Now For Free For The Playroom". The International House of Mojo. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.