What if you could fight dragons that were leaping out of your living room coffee table? What if you could go a few rounds on a video game with characters having your faces? A technology called “augmented reality” is making it possible, and is one of the remarkable ways that the Playstation Vita is quite literally changing the face of gaming Let’s look at what augmented reality is, and how it will be implemented on the PS Vita.
What Is Augmented Reality, Anyway?
Augmented reality is basically a technique of introducing real-world objects (your face, a table, your environmental surroundings) as part of the gaming experience. You can, for instance, use one of the Vita’s two cameras to take a picture of yourself and transfer your face onto a character in the game. Wouldn’t you love to get a snapshot of your boss or mother-in-law and punch their lights out! The technology combines several hardware elements inside the Vita, including the motion sensors, accelerometer, and cameras.
Another cool thing with augmented reality is that you can use your environment as part of the game play. So let’s imagine for a second that you wanted a game where you could walk around your home in search for monsters. Well, with augmented reality, it can really happen. So the next time your child says there are monsters hiding in the closet, it may be true!
Bringing Augmented Reality to the Vita
Recently, Sony announced that it was joining forces with a leader in the gaming technology, Novarama Technology. Novarama is one of Europe’s hottest development companies, and they are working with Sony to make some awesome and exclusive titles. Reality Fighters is a promising game that will let gamers customize their fighters, fight styles, and real world environment. With this game, you can take the fight to the streets…quite literally! Or the parking lot, or the basement, or even the kitchen table.
With augmented reality, real life and fantasy unite in an unbelievable way to enhance your gaming experience like never before. It’s just another of the many great reasons that the Playstation Vita is a must have for any serious gamer.