Sphero's New Spider-Man Toy Talks, Offers Interactive Adventures

Posted June 18, 2017

As it turns out, the map of the PS4-exclusive Spider-Man will be substantially larger than a recent notable open-world project from Insomniac Games. Both are though rather high-priced toys and likely find more geeks owning them than kids. The toy is able to recognize phrases like "tell a joke", "let's hang out" and "tell me a story", CNET reported. There's still a while to go until Spider-Man is released, but until then all eyes will be on the project to see how it develops.

Spider-Man is now in development for PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Exactly what these surprises will be remains to be seen, but the title is certainly gaining a lot of positivity from video game fans and fans of the Spider-Man franchise in general.

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The interactive device looks different from anything else Sphero has created, in that it's stationary and made of a rubber material - all the company's other toys are designed to move. You get the same two-word choice system for your super power.

Furthermore, Spider-Man only listens to commands after the spider logo on his chest has been double-pressed, or during the back-and-forth conversation of an adventure.

An accompanying iOS and Android app is required to set up the toy.

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The toy is a nice little tie-in with the new Spider-Man movie that has been getting a lot of traction recently. The companion Spider-Man app is required to set up the toy, adjust settings, and view tips. This is why Sphero is making sure the toy will have voice recognition built in. The release of the toy also appears to have been timed to coincide with the release of Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: Homecoming", which hits theaters on July 7.

In a way, it feels as though the Sphero Spider-Man is a little like an extension of the Force Band released for Star Wars' remote control BB-8 previous year, which not only allowed people to control the Sphero BB-8 with gestures, but also acted as a walk-around augmented reality game, much like Pokemon Go except with Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a physical controller.

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