Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Take pictures with a life-sized Hatsune Miku via augmented reality

Augmented reality is a feature that game developers just don't know what to do with. Still at its infancy in this generation of handheld consoles, the technology has yet to really improve gameplay in any major way (ref: Spirit Camera) and has mainly been used as a gimmicky way to project game characters onto coffee tables and computer desks.

Thankfully for Hatsune Miku, she's cute enough that such gimmicks can be forgiven. At least, in the miniature chibi form; but what will happen when fans have the ability to superimpose life-sized images of Hatsune Miku over pictures taken with their PS Vitas?

The world is about to find out...

The augmented reality in the 3DS rhythm game Project Mirai is pretty darn cute.

The latest issue of Famitsu (via Anime News Network) shows a few examples of the new AR photography available in upcoming PS Vita title Hatsune Miku Project Diva F. Although the page scans are a bit distorted, you should be able to make out a recumbent Miku lounging on a bed, a surprised looking Miku in a kitchen, and Miku sharing an umbrella with a lucky fan.

Projecting an image of Hatsune Miku on your bed... did anyone really think this would be a good idea?

While it's easy to see the appeal of this feature (hello new Facebook profile pic!), one can only shudder at the eventual abuse it will receive.

It is unlikely that Project Diva F will ever be officially released in the west, but it will be far easier to import and play on a PS Vita than Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai currently is on the 3DS thanks to the Vita not being region locked.

So if you've always wanted to score a pic of you and Hatsune Miku enjoying a tender moment in the rain but lacked the photoshop abilities to make it happen, you may want to take out a small bank loan and pre-order a copy of Project Diva F today.