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.”