A new interactive platform called Project Field could change the way kids play card games. Sony on Wednesday introduced a new gaming platform that combines physical game cards and mobile devices.
Think of Nintendo Amiibo, where a line of figurines when scanned on Wii U’s gamepad and the characters will appear on games such as Super Mario Brothers. In a similar fashion, Sony’s Project Field uses Bluetooth and NFC technology to turn physical cards into digital ones.
“We believe this is a brand new platform that will allow for a playing style that has not existed up until now,” Kazuyuki Sakamoto, who is developing Project Field at Sony, said at a press conference in Tokyo, according to Bloomberg.
The platform consists of a dedicated pads for each player that pair with a smartphone or a tablet. When players place compatible physical cards on the pad, it sends all information to the mobile game running on the paired mobile device. The platform basically lets you play a card game alongside a digital version on the smart device. The pads can read the data and can also detect the card’s position and orientation.
As of now, only one title that has been announced for Project Field, which is Yo-kai Watch. Sony hasn’t mentioned a global release yet. However, the game is scheduled to release in Japan first. The company says it will soon launch a Project Field SDK for developers to create their own games.