London: ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling is working in partnership with Song to come up with a virtual reality spellbook that will that will bring interactive storybooks to life.
“Wonderbook” peripheral for the PlayStation 3 will be a platform for augmented reality books, with Rowling penning ‘The Book of Spells’, the first release for the device.
Wonderbook works in tandem with Sony’s PlayStation Eye and Move motion controller, using augmented reality graphics and a book-shaped peripheral.
Readers can then interact with the story as the book progresses, able to take part in games and activities, as well as influencing the outcome of the story.
Set in the Harry Potter universe, The Book of Spells has players working through wizard training at Hogwarts School, learning magic spells which are then cast using the PlayStation Move controller as a wand.
“This is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook,” the Telegraph quoted Rowling as saying.
“I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other,” she said.
The Book of Spells is slated to be the first release of many for the Wonderbook, with Sony saying at their pre-E3 conference that they are planning on releasing both fictional stories and educational books for the device.
The Wonderbook is scheduled for release later this year.