Wonderbook
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Developer(s)London Studio
Publisher(s)SCEE
Platform(s)PlayStation 3
Release
  • NA: 13 November 2012
  • AU: 15 November 2012
  • EU: 16 November 2012
  • JP: 7 November 2013
Genre(s)Gaming

Wonderbook is an augmented reality peripheral for the PlayStation 3 console. The user holds a physical book-like object and stories come to life as the software displays content on the television's screen.

Development

Wonderbook is an augmented reality book which is designed to be used in conjunction with the PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye.[1] The Wonderbook features computer vision techniques developed jointly with the Computer Vision group at Oxford Brookes University(an offset of the Torr Vision Group[2]). Marketed under the tagline "One book, a thousand stories",[3] it was released together with the launch title Book of Spells in time for the 2012 holiday season.[4]

Reception

The Wonderbook has received mixed reception over the years since its original release. Shortly after the Wonderbook's release in 2012, WIRED talked highly of its cheap price point ($34.99/£22.99) alongside its unique approach to augmented reality.[5] The Sixth Axis, another video game review/news website, looked back on the Wonderbook 4 years later to examine the hardware. Though the Wonderbook itself is awkwardly large, Jim Hargreaves agreed that the tech was impressive for its time despite its quick obsolescence.[6]

List of compatible games

References

  1. ^ Robinson, Andy (5 June 2012). "E3 2012: Sony announces intriguing Wonderbook for PS3 - Harry Potter author on board". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Torr Vision Group". Torr Vision. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Wonderbook; Book of Spells". PlayStation.com. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  4. ^ Conditt, Jessica (4 June 2012). "Sony's 'Wonderbook' makes reading more like TV with PlayStation Eye, includes J. K. Rowling's magic". Joystiq. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Playstation's Wonderbook: Book of Spells is Wonderful". WIRED. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  6. ^ Hargreaves, Jim (20 June 2016). "Sony's Wonderbook Was Actually Kinda Cool, You Know". The Sixth Axis. Retrieved 29 April 2021.