I wanted to play a game today with some friends and XBox Live is currently on it’s 15th day of completely bunked service that started with a DoS attack that is apparently still going on (and has been followed up by a class-action lawsuit).
Navigating around XBox Live will show you pretty quickly that the service is buggered… logging you off, you can’t chat, you can’t buy anything, you cannot play a game with friends, etc.
So a friend and I hopped on our PS3s and fired up the Burnout Paradise demo (which allows up to 8 players in multiplayer) and proceeded to have fun.
Besides have stupid-easy invite controls (hit Right, hit Right again, hit Right again, done) and seamless integration of other players into your world and vista versa the game also supports a dramatic “Takedown photo” of the driver you took down (smashed into and killed) if they have a USB camera.
My buddy wanted to try this, but neither of us had the PS3 Eye (PS3′s new camera):
but my buddy had one of the XBox Live Vision Cameras:
It’s a USB camera, but Microsoft’s history of creating universal devices without vendor lock-in is almost non-existent, but we tried it anyway.
Low and behold the PS3 detected the camera and immediately started using it, without so much as a hickup. Each time I took him down I got a nice shot of his face screaming (or his ass in one instance).
In addition to that, for voice, he busted out his Bluetooth Moto headset and used that while we played.
I am loving the fact that the PS3 is essentially a computer and supports generic computer peripherals. That allows you to decide how nice of a camera, mic or anything else you want to get to use with it.