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Sony unbundled PS4 camera for price advantage over Xbox One, report says

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 Jun 2013 18:06 User comments (4)

Sony unbundled PS4 camera for price advantage over Xbox One, report says According to a report from IGN, Sony made the decision to unbundle the PlayStation 4 camera (Eye) in order to gain an advantage over Microsoft's Xbox One console.
IGN cites multiple sources in reporting that the original plan for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) was to have it bundled with the camera for a retail price of $500, but the company decided that cutting the camera could give it a significant price advantage.

That prediction turned out to be correct, with the PS4 set to launch for $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One, which comes bundled with Kinect and requires it to function properly, at a cost of $500.

In order to keep the news quiet until the price was announced, Sony only informed its retail partners that the camera would not be bundled with the system, but not that it was cutting the price.

The move definitely has made the PS4 look more attractive ahead of the holiday season, but it has also relegated the camera to an optional accessory, meaning that game developers will be less likely to work with it than they would be if every PS4 owner had one.

Worth the change?

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4 user comments

126.6.2013 21:31

Good. The more developers that realize that most gamers prefer NOT to leap about their room, the better. I don't play video games to get exercise -.-' ...

226.6.2013 22:08

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The move definitely has made the PS4 look more attractive ahead of the holiday season, but it has also relegated the camera to an optional accessory, meaning that game developers will be less likely to work with it than they would be if every PS4 owner had one.
True but considering all the fuss over privacy it was a very wise move in hindsight. You don't have to have it on all the time. They did their numbers and decided it was worth it.

Doesn't the PS4 controller have a mic in it?

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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327.6.2013 2:16

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Good. The more developers that realize that most gamers prefer NOT to leap about their room, the better. I don't play video games to get exercise -.-' ...
i couldn't agree more , i play games to relax not to exercise

427.6.2013 4:48

There's this weird effect if you have your head tracked you can simulate 3D. It was done with a wii remote.

Quite astonishing, you will actually see the 3d effect on this YT clip because the camera is being tracked:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw


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