Zoe Mode Eyes up PS3 potential

The developer of Sony's EyeCreate software says the PS3 can now capitalise on YouTube's ubiquity.
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The developer of Sony's EyeCreate software says the PS3 can now capitalise on YouTube's ubiquity.

Earlier today Sony announced its new EyeToy camera, called simply Eye, with improved resolution and audio functions. EyeCreate is a video editing software that comes free with the camera and is developed by Brighton-based Zoe Mode, owned by Kuju.

The software lets users save and edit photos, video and audio clips to the PlayStation 3 HD.

Also: "It plugs into a YouTube-esque back end and will include a number of upload and community features as well," studio head Ed Daly explained to Develop.

In Sony's so-called Game 3.0 era, the software seems to be a perfect fit for PS3, added Daly: "There's a whole raft of functionality we can give players with this software when it comes to user-generated content. You can use the camera and microphone to make home movies, or even make stop motion films."

Zoe's in-house R&D/prototyping team, responsible for EyeCreate, has been hard at work on a number of smaller projects for Sony, including the games built into Home's virtual arcade cabinets.

Of those, Daly said: "It's really, fun - pure old school stuff. You'd never get a chance to make anything like that elsewhere in the industry these days."

Zoe Mode has also made a number of Sony titles for the first PS2 EyeToy and other peripheral-led game SingStar. It's next game is the PSP game Crush for Sega.



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