Stuck for ideas on how to bring the family together this Christmas?
Good old family fun. It's a phrase loaded to the hilt and something we are all desperately trying to chase. But trying to bring the family together in an age where most households have enough technology to feel like NASA's mission control means that if it's not on a screen, then it's not cool.
But the guys at PlayStation have all been busily working in their basements to change this perception. Their answer? A little thing called The Wonderbook.
Without going into loads of technical details, The Wonderbook is a physical book that comes to life on your TV using the PS3, PlayStation Move controller and Eye Camera. And it's worth dredging up a cliché to describe it: it has to be seen to be believed.
The first game to be released on The Wonderbook definitely highlights its family credentials. The Book of Spells is a game from J.K Rowling set in the magical world of Harry Potter. It's based on the Hogwarts library's Book of Spells, a spell book kept in the restricted section which forms essential reading for all aspiring witches and wizards studying at Hogwarts.
See how it went when a group of Mumsnetters got the chance to try out The Book of Spells
Book of Spells' gameplay stimulates creativity while stoking the imagination, providing a truly immersive experience and bringing reading to kids in a way that uses cutting-edge technology - and the most popular author of their generation.
So, if you want to see the look on your child's face as they are transported into the magical classroom J.K Rowling has created with Sony PlayStation, then the Book of Spells won't disappoint.
And remember, there will be more to come for The Wonderbook accessory. If J.K Rowling has started the ball rolling, who will be next?
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