The PlayStation 4, when it launches, won’t come with a game or the new camera array. Recent internet chatter has pinned this down to ensuring Sony remain competitive in terms of pricing – the console’s cheaper than the Xbox One although Microsoft’s machine comes with Kinect. Add the new Eye to the PS4 and the figures balance out a lot more than you might think.
But it seems that the removal of the camera might have been a late decision, one presumably just prior to E3, when Sony first talked about the price. The image above, apparently found on Sony’s own site, shows the bundle of stuff you’d get with a PS4 but in addition there’s a game – Knack – and the camera. The photo also shows the PS4 stand.
This would probably have been about $100 more, leveling the playing field considerably.
There’s also a chance that this bundle could still manifest itself nearer to launch – whilst Sony have been stoic on the hard drive size there’s nothing stopping them trying to get the camera into as many homes as possible: it was used quite neatly with DriveClub at E3 to visualise your competitors constantly, a feature we’d like to see in the final game.
The PS4 comes with a headset, something Sony have been talking about for a couple of weeks. Microsoft aren’t doing this – they want you to use Kinect to chat online.