But They May "Adjust Messages" Later
Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House believes that most PS4 launch customers aren't the least bit interested in the PlayStation Camera peripheral, and that making it optional has let them hit the "magic price" compared to the pricey Xbox One and mandatory Kinect sensor.
As such, don't expect many games to use it until Sony "adjust" their strategy down the line.
House discussed that "magic price" in an interview with Business Spectator, suggesting that the PS4's pre-order fanbase couldn't care less about motion control. Thus, not only is the peripheral just an optional gimmick, but there won't be much to do with it either. “Certainly for the earlier part of the lifecycle, the vast majority of the audience that we speak to tells us that their primary wish is for the full controller interface," he said, "and there’s not necessarily a huge emphasis being placed on camera interaction."
Interestingly, though, House is willing to "adjust messaging" down the line, which means that Sony may decide to launch a major push for the peripheral or even include it as a standard pack-in once the console is established. Though, frankly, it may be a little late since the user base will already be fragmented - and most will be happy with a DualShock 4.
Conversely, Microsoft have stuck to their guns by making Kinect a core part of the Xbox One UI and guaranteeing developers a customer base, but at an additional £80 cost to consumers. Which strategy do you think will win out, or are they both equally viable?