Sony Discussed Shipping The PS Camera With The PS4

A new interview with Sony’s Masayasu Ito and Andrew House has revealed that there were internal discussions about including the PlayStation Camera with the PlayStation 4.

According to BusinessSpectator, “Efforts were made to include the camera at the US$399 mark, but pressure from above forbade Sony Computer Entertainment from making too much of a loss on the PlayStation 4 hardware.”

The lack of camera also meant that Sony could hit “the magic price” for the PlayStation 4.

“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,” explained House.

He also said that the company were prepared to “adjust messaging” over time, perhaps focussing on the camera and its inclusion with console after the launch window. He also did not rule out support for Ultra HD 4K video content at some point in the future.

I know quite a few TSA readers make use of PlayStation 3’s PlayTV but the sad news is that there are no current plans for a PS4 equivalent.

“While PlayTV was certainly successful in certain markets, I’m not sure that it saw enough of an uptake to say that it’s a mandatory thing that we want to have in all of our devices,” explained House.

“We haven’t ruled it out, but it’s highly dependent on the broadcast TV market and also user preferences. There are lots of alternatives in terms of devices that carry a TV tuner.”

Source: BusinessSpectator

 

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18 Comments

  1. To be honest, if they’d made the Move controller into a success, we’d all be happy with a camera bundle but we’ve seen nothing of the sort. Quite the opposite in fact. It’s been poorly supported by Sony and having them say “it’s up to the developers” is simply not good enough.

    I’m glad it’s not bundled as standard with the PS4 but, equally, I’m a bit disappointed more hasn’t been made of this generations hardware to have us chomping at the bit for something new.

    • I wasn’t interested in the camera but the £450 bundle sold it to me. You’re pretty much getting the camera for free. All I need to do now is find some fit PS4 female gamers to video chat with, and believe it or not, in this era it may not be that difficult.

      • Same here, wasn’t that bothered about the camera but got offered PS4, 2X DS4, Camera and game for £450. Saving of over £60.
        Also my 9 yr old niece told me I had to get the camera for her to use.

      • And there I was mocking the first UI/sharing video because I failed to believe a lass that hot would not only have a PS4 but also be into Killzone! lol

      • Well I’ve already got one lined up. Unfortunately she always plays COD… Women!!! I’ll have to convert her to BF.

    • The Move got some pretty decent support when it first came out and recently. I would say the only thing holding it back is people writing it off as a “wiimote ripoff” which I find hypocritical because no one says anything about how Sony released the EyeToy in 2001 and 5 years later Nintendo goes and releases the Wii – then everyone acts like Nintendo did motion gaming first.

      So far the new camera looks like it’ll be getting some pretty good support with Media Molecules project and The PlayRoom. Not to mention support for Octodad and (hopefully) Shadow Fall and Second Son.

      • The Move was oversold and over-promised. That was Sony’s fault. However, they’re not alone with things like this, it just smarts when you buy into it all. I did enjoy the Move controller with a select few titles but where are the wealth of Wonderbook titles, for example? That could’ve been utterly huge! The camera and the Move controller were (and are) capable devices. It’s just that backing them has proved to be something not-so high up the priority list for Sony.

  2. I’m glad they’re not bundling it in. Move is barely used in any games so it’s hard to see why people would really want to buy it for the next gen without any promises that it will be supported. I think because Move and Kinnect are so different we’ll never find games that support them both in a good way rather than a gimmick.

  3. I don’t want the camera, so I’m happy.

  4. I have got the camera as part of my bundle but depending on how the first few months go it may find itself on eBay!

  5. I’m buying the camera just for the Face Login thing. I just need the PS4 to intone “Welcome home Tuffcub” in the voice of HAL when I walk through the door and I’ll be happy.

    • Seeming I’m called Dave, it’d be too weird and freak me out.

      • That would be weird. Put the disc in for another animated film cash in and the PS4 says “I wouldn’t do that Dave”

      • When the PS4 says “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” it’s time to worry.
        Its also time to unplug the camera & hit it with an axe when the PS4 says “Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move”.

  6. Im getting it as part of the bundle and looking forward to video chatting with mates, like said above really it comes free when you add up how much you save getting the £450 bundle.
    Also the kids with love the Playroom they were big fans of Eyepet and they also liked Wonderbook of spells.

  7. Same here, i’m getting the bundle with KZ, 2xDS4 and camera. It’s just too good an offer to refuse. I’m 50/50 on any motion/AR features and gameplay, but the ‘free’ camera should still come in handy, presuming that there will be an equivalent of EyeCreate on PS4.

  8. If I was getting Killzone I would of snapped up the camera bundle, but hardly any games me and the other half would play are out yet so no need for 2nd controller and games i pre-ordered are single player… just the solo console for me mid night launch and the games from amazon (were £45) rather than games £60 in store price

  9. I had pre ordered the camera and as second DS4 already so the Killzone bundle was the obvious choice for me, I’m hoping that they will release a champion sports for the PS4 as I’ll be holding on to my move controllers.

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