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REPORT: Sony Sacrificed Compulsory PS4 Camera At Last Minute To Undercut Xbox One

Jonathan Lester
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REPORT: Sony Sacrificed Compulsory PS4 Camera At Last Minute To Undercut Xbox One

The PS4's attractive price point allowed Sony to squelch their rival at E3 2013, but according to numerous sources, this was only possible due to a last-minute decision not to include the PlayStation Camera as a mandatory pack-in.

IGN's tipsters claim that the decision was made 'in the months leading up to E3,' allowing Sony to knock $100 off the original $499 RRP that would have put it in line with the Xbox One. Apparently this move was taken in utmost secrecy to avoid Microsoft catching wind from any retail partners, leaving the Redmond giant in the unenviable decision of defending their premium price against a cheaper and more technically accomplished machine (on paper, anyway).

It's likely that Sony originally intended the PlayStation 4 camera to be an essential part of the ecosystem, at least when you look at the anecdotal evidence. DualShock 4 controllers sport a built-in LED beacon, while the PS4 reveal waxed lyrical about its potential.

Most gamers (ourselves included) have applauded Sony for the lower price and optional £44 peripheral, but it's worth noting that the poor old PlayStation 4 Camera (which isn't officially called PlayStation Eye, by the way) has been left up the proverbial creek by the move. Since the vast majority of PS4 owners won't have one, developers will have little incentive to use it in all but niche titles and throwaway gimmicks, while the DualShock 4's motion control beacon will be all but useless. Kinect, on the other hand, will be able to better evolve over the course of the console cycle, with studios confident that 100% of the install base will have access to it.

But hey, £349. It's probably a fair trade.

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DivideByZero  Jun. 27, 2013 at 13:48


Think back to Xbox 360 vs PS3 with built in Blu Ray...

You could buy a 360 and then buy an HD-DVD player add on... or you could buy a PS4 and get Blu Ray. MS undercut Sony by doing this then.

I don't really get on with camera games, so it doesn't bother me that it's not included. I don't think Kinect or Move would be one of those things where I would ever say "how do I live without this?". Blu Ray on the other hand, was and still is awesome.

Late  Jun. 27, 2013 at 14:14

I'm probably the other end of the spectrum from that, /0.

With ps3 -v- xb360 I went with the 360 because it was cheaper. I knew I'd want a BD player at some point, but I was a couple of years away from buying a HD-TV, so that need seemed distant enough that I could discount it.

Kinect 2.0 sounds more like something I need in my life.
Sound like I'm joking? I'm not. I genuinely think it brings a lot to the table, in terms of adding to gameplay as well as voice-control for an integrated media-centre.

As for the point in the article, I agree that making the camera an optional extra is a shame for the camera and for the console - but fully understandable. The negatives are that support for the camera will suffer, and so gaming tech stalls somewhat. The positive is that the price difference will swing it for a lot of people.

Comparing it to last gen, HD-DVD was widely regarded as superior tech to BD, but lost out in the end - and I think that's partly because BD was a compulsory part of the ps3 but HD-DVD was an optional part of the 360. Making a technology optional rather than integral is always going to be damaging to that tech. And that means we all lose out.

Still - eighty quid saving is eighty quid saving.
Sony here I come...


Breadster  Jun. 27, 2013 at 14:31

I'm not too bothered about missing out on it. I don't think camera control is the "future" or whatever. It's one of those things that's cool to have, and a bit of fun every now and then but for the most part you're not interested, kinda like the Wii.

davidpanik  Jun. 27, 2013 at 15:03

Only partially related: I spent 10 minutes the other day screaming "FABLE 3!!!!" at my Kinect.

DivideByZero  Jun. 27, 2013 at 17:16

"Kinect 2.0 sounds more like something I need in my life.
Sound like I'm joking? I'm not. I genuinely think it brings a lot to the table, in terms of adding to gameplay "

No, I know lots of people like it, which is good. However, I also know for a fact that lots of the Kinnect features get bolted on after the fact. And we all know how well last minute bolt-ons work!

Voice recognition is a great idea but as David said, it doesn't work very well and personally, I would never use it.

sosrandom  Jun. 27, 2013 at 19:18

Kinect 2 may sound interesting to some people but that's no reason not to offer a bundle without it.
I don't online much these days, both the consoles will be similar so I'm just going to get the cheapest.

DivideByZero  Jun. 27, 2013 at 19:46

As per the 360 sales thread, the PS3 came with HDMI but the 360 didn't till the elite came out. I had forgot about that.

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