Why the PlayStation 4’s camera isn’t bundled

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Sony’s PlayStation 4, very much unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One, doesn’t force a camera peripheral on users. Why is that?

On the one hand, that means that developers won’t be as keen to implement camera hijinks on the PS4 as they would on the Xbox One, which has Kinect included with every single system – but on the other, it means the PS4 is cheaper to buy – and that’s just one of the reasons Sony opted to keep the camera out of the package.

the other reason, according to Sony’s Andrew House, is that early adopter just don’t give a damn about that sort of fluffy peripheral.

“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 and there’s not necessarily a huge emphasis being placed on camera interaction,” he said in an interview with Australia’s Business Spectator.

Is he right? Those of you getting a PS4 at launch; do you give two hoots about the PS Eye? Do you think not including it was a smart decision, or will Microsoft’s decision to bundle Kinect end up working in their favour?

For those that are keen on the PS4 camera, Sony will be bundling the thing in the future – and there are bundles available for pre-order in Europe already that include the device – though there’s no word on when they’ll be available here in South Africa.

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Last Updated: October 10, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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