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PS4 camera taken out of box to beat Xbox One price

Sam Loveridge


PS4 DualShock 4 controller and PS4 camera
PS4 DualShock 4 controller and PS4 camera

Sony originally planned to include the PS4 camera in the box, but deliberately removed it in order to keep the PS4 price cheaper than the Xbox One.

The next-generation console’s camera should have been bundled with the PS4, as with the Xbox One and Kinect, but to keep the PS4 price low the decision was made to sell it separately.

At E3 2013, Sony announced the PS4 price at a surprisingly low £349, undercutting the £429 Xbox One price by £80.

However, according to the latest report backed by several sources, Sony quietly informed retailers that the PS4 camera will be removed from the box, but negated to mention the drop in price point.

This meant that come the E3 2013 PS4 price announcement, the retailers and Microsoft were both surprised by the distinct price difference between the two next-generation consoles.

The Xbox One is bundled with the new Kinect peripheral and all gamers are required to keep it constantly connected. The PS4 camera, previously known as the PS4 Eye, will be sold separately for $60 or around £55 in the UK, which when combined still leaves the Xbox One price around £25 dearer.

It is predicted that since the PS4 camera isn’t a requirement for Sony’s next-generation console, not many consumers will actually ever purchase one. Due to that, only a fraction of developers will make use of the camera functionality for PS4 games.

Several developers have already said that they will be utilising the Xbox One Kinect features in their games. Activision has already confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will take advantage of voice commands using the new Xbox One Kinect sensor.

“We think the improvements to Kinect really excited us because of the level of responsiveness and detail,” said CEO of Activision Eric Hirshberg. “I thought that the demo they did with the voice commands on television, the instant changing between games and music, was really compelling. You’ll see more of this coming from us as we get closer to the launch.”

Next, read our Xbox One vs PS4 comparison.

Via: TechRadar


June 27, 2013, 12:59 pm

As soon as you make a gaming accessory optional then most developers
won't bother including it's use in their games, thus rendering it pretty much
pointless. Makes you wonder why Sony bothered including the coloured
light bit in the PS4 controller when it will hardly every get used.
Could have been even cheaper Sony!!


June 27, 2013, 1:30 pm

Not that much cheaper. And that's the controller, not going to make much of a difference on the price of the console.

However, before we start berating Sony for this, I'm waiting to see what people do with the new version of the kinect. I'm tried of PR faff like this - "really excited us". That means nothing, tells us nothing. Wow...changing channel with your voice. Not saying it's not useful, but it's not going to have me rushing out to get it. I'm certainly not "excited" about it.


June 27, 2013, 5:20 pm

Thank goodness you are not everyone.

George Valkhoun

June 28, 2013, 8:29 pm

Sony messed up again.... lowest common denominator you morons.


June 30, 2013, 1:05 am

It was never planned to ship with the Console. However, Sony did plant the idea with retailers and they also flirted with the idea during the February announcement in order to make certain competitors believe that they were packaging it together.

Sony always considered Kinnect/PS camera to be an immature tech for gaming and decided to allow the consumer the option to opt for a gimmick based device, rather than force it upon them. And looking at all the most anticipated upcoming next gen games, Sony's take on the Kinnect/PS camera appears to be spot on. None of the top developers are using the cameras.

Overall It looks as though Sony has man handled MS into a position of weakness.

1) Microsoft claimed they had strength in the cloud until Sony forced Microsoft to dump the always connected policy. Unless MS are not going to produce games for the XBO owners who do not want to stay connected? And anyway, Sony will have the same if not better cloud support.

2) Sony has a more powerful console. And its cheaper!

3) Sony forced MS to back away from its own DRM policy, which ultimately will put Microsoft offside with the publishers that they championed this for. You will probably see Titan Fall show up on the PS4 as a result. But I doubt it will be same time though.

4) Sony put a gaming legend at the helm to design the PS4. Mark Cerny put a focus on streamlining the game development process. The PS4 is the easiest console to develop for and with its policy changes for publishing, it has drawn more indie developers to the PS4 and some away from XBO.

After watching both companies go toe to toe over the last 5 months or so, it has become obvious. Sony have manhandled Microsoft into submission.


July 1, 2013, 6:53 pm

Blimey, do you work for Sony or what! That is one of the least balanced posts I have seen in some time. I own both current consoles and will probably own both of next ones. Nothing I hate more than "fanboy" rants. As such I won't bother pointing out the so obvious flaws in some of your points.

Sony seem to have a great job with PS4 so far and can't wait to play it. I just wondered why they put time and money into camera related tech into every PS4 controller (which can only add to the price of it) when it will hardly every get used having made the camera bit optional - hence no developer will bother developing for it. Just seems a wasted opportunity.

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