Sony Tries to Wow Us with Book of Spells on the Wonderbook, Left us Wondering Why it was Even on Stage

Sony Tries to Wow Us with Book of Spells on the Wonderbook, Left us Wondering Why it was Even on Stage

posted Thursday Jun 7, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Tries to Wow Us with <i>Book of Spells</i> on the Wonderbook, Left us Wondering Why it was Even on Stage

What do Sony and books have to do with each other? No, they're not releasing another eReader. Instead, Sony brought to the stage of their press event something that felt a little rushed. The company has teamed up with J.K. Rowling to produce Book of Spells, which is a game based on the Wonderbook platform that they also announced at the event.

What is Wonderbook? It's actually a great little augmented reality piece of hardware and software. Using your PlayStation Eye camera and a special book you must purchase, kind of like the AR Cards from the 3DS, will make several different games and images appear on the screen. When you place the waterproof book on your floor, the book then shows up on the TV, where it animates to life. The images that appear have that Harry Potter feel to them and objects will randomly come out at you in 3D. You can also pick up the book, move it and do whatever you want, and then image on screen will follow suit. The good news is you'll only need one Wonderbook for all future titles so you won't have to buy any new "hardware."

However, while all seems well on the surface and the idea is great, there's a couple of problems that showed up when they presented us Book of Spells, the launch title for the Wonderbook. What's the issue? We'll talk about it all after the break.

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