GameStop raises price of PlayStation 4 Camera

Retailer now selling hard-to-find accessory for $70 instead of $60.

GameStop has raised the price of the PlayStation 4 Camera, which is proving difficult to find at most major retailers. The retailer is now selling the accessory for $70, a full $10 above its normal $60 asking price.

We've reached out to a representative for the Grapevine, Texas company for comment or clarification on the price hike, but have not heard back. The price increase was first reported by Polygon.

The PlayStation 4 Camera is currently sold-out at Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. You can buy the peripheral at Amazon, but you'll need to go through a third-party reseller which will charge you upwards of $99. The PlayStation 4 Camera is even sold out on Sony's official website.

Of course, it's possible that GameStop's PlayStation 4 Camera product page features incorrect pricing as the result of a simple mistake, but it's also conceivable that GameStop intentionally raised the price as a reaction to supply and demand.

It wouldn't be the first time GameStop raised the price on rare items, as the retailer also did so for Wii games like Metroid Prime Trilogy and Xenoblade Chronicles. Prices for those games have since been reset to normal levels.

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243 comments
teller76567
teller76567

Leave it to shit'y company this is why gamstop is so un popular...

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Don't get it! I have it and besides the tech demo thing there is nothing there for this device. And even worse: You can't mute the Mic if you play online which is a really bad thing for me. I actually keep the camera unplugged :s

johnbollinger79
johnbollinger79

You can mute the mic. Hold the PS button and you hit mute mic. People want the camera to do web shows on twitch/ustream.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

This is so stupid, Sony decides not to bundle the camera, and the damn thing gets sold out. Microsoft decides to bundle it, and people don't want it...

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@DiamondDM13 That's what happens when you don't try to push stuff. It says you have faith in your product. I wish Sony would drop PS+ as a requirement for online multiplayer on the PS4.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Here's the new terms of service for PSN and some commentary which states PS4 is spying on you :

One of the newer sections of this online software agreement (Section 14, "Are We Monitoring PSN?" clarifies the PS4's communication and monitoring practices: Yes but we can't monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you. Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this. From the looks of things, it appears that Sony is being upfront with its consumers about what it can and will do with the information obtained from PSN users. It's quite simple, folks - your PS4 isn't spying on you, but Sony's taking extra precaution against gamers who participate in more illegal activities.

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/games/2013/11/ps4-spying-software-usage-terms-xbox-one-kinect-camera-videos/

J2fold
J2fold

Someone should be fired at Gamestop because this is the dumbest idea. I understand the whole supply and demand issue, but since there is no supply why would Gamestop tick its customers off? Its not as if they are getting a shipment of these rare items and they are going to profit off them. In fact, they do not even have these items in their stores. All they are doing is saying "hay, if we did have this item we would rip you off, but we don't, but just to let you know we would charge $10 dollars more."

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@J2fold  If you understand supply and demand, you understand they work hand in hand. Yes, there is a low/no supply, but that's a direct result of the demand and vice versa. Because it's sold out in most places, the demand increases, which is why a retailer can charge more. 


Some people are charging much more than that, simply because they can. The market will work itself out though. Once the supply increases, the demand will decrease and vice versa.

beuneus12
beuneus12

lol keep ur camera, we leave that to them xbots

AmbiguousAlias
AmbiguousAlias

GameStop is bogus. Buy a "new", opened game for full price!

DrKill09
DrKill09

@AmbiguousAlias  I know, I paid $60 for COD 4 Modern Warfare GOTY Edition years ago, and it didn't have the DLC code in it.  I had to go back and bitch before they coughed it up.


I'm REALLY surprised Gamestop haven't lost a class action lawsuit yet on that issue.  New means unopened.  Used means opened.  Simple as that.  A four year old knows the difference.


I never go there anymore.  I can go to KMart or Target and get an ACTUALLY NEW game, not a used game at full price.

nobody490
nobody490

Heh, you know you can always reverse engineer the kinect to work with playstation 4.

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

@nobody490  Sony is very good at reverse engineering other products and then calling it their own.

tonytones21
tonytones21

@Caleb1dunn @nobody490  Hey guys!! I found more stupid on the internet!! Is what i tell my friends every time I find comments like yours. 

rarson
rarson

@Caleb1dunn

You mean like the Move controller, which they demoed on the PS2 in 2001 and supposedly ripped off from Nintendo in 2006?

outdplay
outdplay

@Caleb1dunn @nobody490  You mean like the world's first CD player and portable CD player, world's first digital single lens reflex camera, world's first VCR, and world's first flat panel display?  Oh wait, no they invented those.

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

Proves that Sony Drones want a camera also. To bad its not Kinect!

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Caleb1dunn  There is a difference between a webcam and an NSA spying tool that can use infared to take pics of your junk.

Blazen702
Blazen702

If you scroll down you'll see Sony fanboys arguing that the Sony camera is 1080p. Had to set them straight.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Blazen702 I don't think anyone ever claimed the PS4 camera was 1080p, when they announced it they said it was 1280 x 800

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Blazen702  PROOF nobody gives a shit!


Who the hell bought a PS3 Eye?  Only the few, like me, who bought the Move as far as I know.

rarson
rarson

@Blazen702  

Okay, but your link and information is still wrong, because 1280x800 isn't 720p. It's not even a 16:9 resolution. You're also using the "1080p" to denote the resolution, but not the actual framerate. The PS4 camera can record its 1280x800 at 60 FPS, while Kinect is stuck at 30 FPS for 1080p recording. Examining the specs of both, I would say that the video capabilities of the PS4 camera exceed those of the Kinect camera because the faster framerate far outweighs the decrease in resolution.

Vylsith
Vylsith

http://www.gamestop.com/browse

The Playstation 4 camera is outselling Titanfall.  I think Microsoft is in trouble.

On a humorous note, Twitch has sold more cameras than Sony could ever hope to through it's motion control functionality.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

sony fanboys: kinect sucks!! no way I'm paying $500 on a garbage console that forces me to have a camera...


-- newsflash -- PS camera has sold out!! you can grab one for $100 online though!!


sony fanboys: better hurry up and grab one wheeeeeeeeee!!

Vylsith
Vylsith

@Ahiru-San The camera isn't $100, but I'll agree that it's strange that the camera is selling so well right now.  I'm guessing it's because of Twitch, which is ironic.  It's also ironic that it's currently outselling Titanfall on Gamestop's website.  That's not good news for Microsoft.  Panic mode indeed.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@Ahiru-San  - do you really not understand the difference between having something forced upon you and having something as an option. 


would you feel better if someone forced themselves on you whether your liked it or not, or if you chose someone you would like to be around? 


don't mean in a sexual way, just in general, though I guess it works both ways.....so to speak

Blazen702
Blazen702

Not one GameStop store in Las Vegas has received any PS4 consoles or cameras since the launch day months ago. They are not selling out because you can't sellout of something you never had. Sony is lieing about selling out everywhere and creating fake shortages to drum up excitement. The truth is they have a worldwide release and all of the consoles made in the last 2 months went to Japan and don't have the capability to produce and manufacture consoles for the US right now.

Blazen702
Blazen702

So you posting lies? Because it's industry fact that the X1 has outsold the PS4 in software sales at almost 2.5 to 1 , get your head out of Sonys ass.

Blazen702
Blazen702

You have your head way up Sonys ass don't you? Deal with it, the X1 has better software, better camera, better functionality and better social and media capabilities. GTFO

Vylsith
Vylsith

@Blazen702 LOL what?  Source please.  The tie ratio for the PS4 is about 2.6:1.  If what you're saying is true then the tie ratio for the Xbox One would need to be about 9:1.  There's no way kid.

AmbiguousAlias
AmbiguousAlias

@Blazen702 I hate to break it to you, man, but the PS4 is selling out everywhere. XB1 is not. I have no stake in these fanboy wars, but that's just the truth. I went looking for a PS4 at several retailers last week. When I asked if they had any in stock, they laughed at me. They said the best chance I had was to call at 7 am every day when the truck gets in, because they get random weekly shipments and they go within just a few hours. I saw a plethora of XB1s everywhere I went. As far as which console offers better quality, that's subjective. It seems like you prefer Xbox, and that's cool. Enjoy it. I almost bought one a couple of times. So I guess you can either acknowledge what I'm actually saying, or you can write me off as a "Sony Pony" (shudder), but these are my real experiences.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@Blazen702 They've sold 6 million consoles kid.  Nobody's lying about anything.  You don't see consoles on the shelves because they're already spoken for as soon as they reach the store.  The PS4 really is that popular.  Software sales prove as much.  Just stop.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

@AmbiguousAlias @Blazen702

this is also true where i live. you cant buy a PS4 at any retailer, they sellout the moment they get off the truck & people are calling every morning to check each store. but i look at the Xbox One displays, & there is always a good chunk of those in stock at every electronics store that carries video game equipment. just today i tried buying a PS4 & asked those stores to check all stores in the area. nothing was found, they were out everywhere in Portland & surrounding areas. from talking to employees, they tend to get 12 or so consoles each time. but if you think about it, shortage is fierce due to the Japan PS4 launch & China lifting their ban on consoles. the only places you can buy a PS4 is Ebay, Gamestop, or Amazon, online, in my area.

outdplay
outdplay

@Blazen702  Ummm... you state that they were "creating fake shortages" which implies that they have stock but they are holding it back.  Onc sentence later you say that they don't have the capability to produce and manufacture enough for the US right now.  That would mean that they do not have stock.  hmm....

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

So ironic that the PS4 camera turned out to be more popular than the piece of garbage kinect.

Kinect is forced on xbone and yet it is hated and unwanted.

PS Camera is totally optional and is so popular that is even out of stock everywhere.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@TristanPR77  that's a fake shortage to make it popular… the only ones who hate the kinect are the hypocrites that are willing to pay $500 on a PS4 and that useless PS camera….

Blazen702
Blazen702

Wow. Your head up Sonys ass much? This actually shows that people do want the Kinect. It's better then the Sony camera in every way and shows how bad Sony customers want that experience. The camera for Sony doesn't do 1080p nor does it have ir blaster capability and heat or night vision and can't read heart rate and body fat. Sony is pure crap

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

Deal with reality

Denial won't do you any good.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

Oh really? Explain why every xbot is asking for a kinect less xbone?

Seems to me you are hurt because the PS Camera is most popular than kinect. If kinect was optional no one would buy it, yet the PS Camera is optional and everyone is buying it.

Blazen702
Blazen702

You mean Sony trolls not Xbox One users. Without the camera you can't properly use the X1 the way it was meant to be used. Again. Get your head out of Sonys ass.