Sony cut PS Eye from PS4 to beat Xbox One price - Report

Sources say Sony originally planned $500 PS4, but scuttled plans to include camera with every unit to bring price down below Microsoft.

Multiple sources have told IGN that Sony originally planned to launch the PlayStation 4 at $500.

However, in the months leading up to E3, Sony reportedly abandoned plans to include a PlayStation Eye camera with every unit, thus bringing the price down to $400--a full $100 below Microsoft's Xbox One.

Sony did this quietly, the sources said, telling retail partners only about the removal of the camera and not mentioning the lower price to keep Microsoft in the dark.

PlayStation Eye cameras will be sold separately for $60.

By comparison, every $500 Xbox One unit will include a Kinect 2.0 camera. Microsoft has touted the new Kinect as an integral component of the Xbox One, unlike the Xbox 360 scenario, where the Kinect is an optional accessory.

A Sony representative was not immediately available to comment.

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AgentKeel
AgentKeel

I think people are missing some of the positives that the Kinect could possible offer. Most see the Kinect only for motion gaming. What about the possible ability to map your face, and place it in a game. Or using features like detecting your heartbeat to further immerse you into a game. Also it offers the added benefit of replacing a lot of button commands with voice commands, which will leave the buttons for other things. Adding more gameplay options. 

I'm choice to wait until next winter of 2014 before making a decision. Really see what each console has to offer. Sometimes more powerful isn't always better...

__Metallica
__Metallica

I'm really glad they don't ship the PS4 with the Eye, i cant think of a lot of people i know that want the eye to begin with and the fact that the price of the PS4 is €100 less is what will make the PS4 the most selling console this time around.

I dont think that MS has enough to justify the extra €100 not from my point of view anyways, and the exclusives for XOne doesn't look so incredibly great to me.

And also Sony have a lot of exclusives lined up for gamescom, and I'm more excited for Destiny that Titanfall or any of the other games MS has shown so far. And yes I know that Destiny is multiplat but id rather buy the console that has better performance and is a €100 cheaper and play the game than pay extra €100 for a console just because it ships with the Kinect and by the way has less performance.

And the people that just have to have the XOne because they loved the X 360 controller and think that the XOne controller is going to so much better that the PS4 controller is fooling themselves I really don't think that the Dualshock 4 is going to be any worse than the XOne controller. I know that the Dualshock 3 is not as comfortable as the X 360 controller but i really think that they have made the necessary changes to the Dualshock 4 to make it as good or maybe even better than the XOne controller.

And I never liked the X 360 either i had 3 give me the ring of death in i think as many years, then i decided to buy the PS3 instead and my god that was the best decision I've ever made. 

Rayrota
Rayrota

Good on Sony, selling a cheaper product and not forcing something we may not want on us.

barrica
barrica

When are we goin to have a console offering 2 remotes at launch, i mean if u buy a console surelly you want to invite friends to have a go at it? M i wrong to think this, yet Sony make sure you have plenty of stock for the release cause im goin to grab one from day one!

TheClown24
TheClown24

Quite honestly, Sony outplayed Microsoft. Simple as. 

laplace985
laplace985

Both companies are taking big risk initially to start the next generation of console wars. I plan on getting both eventually but I'm a get a ps4 at launch. If Microsoft does something amazing with the Kinect then I will get that system also. I'm definitely paying extra for a long term warranty when I get a xbox one lol. 

ToastestOs
ToastestOs

now seriously, is it in all a bad decision to not ship the Eye? I bought one for my PS3 about 2 years ago. Played with it for eh a week or so, used it to play Killzone. After that its been sitting in my closet collecting dust. Sure i was suckered in to buy one, which now i regret. All i (and probably over 80% of gamers) want is just a controller, not some gimmicky piece of tech which will probably only temporarily spark your interest. I'm happy its not being shipped with the console.

FilipinoFatty
FilipinoFatty

Making your product cheaper in the market will get a majority of the consumers but I'd rather go with the Xbox because of its better game selection and controller. I'm not going to be a cheapskate about having to pay an extra hundred bucks when I am getting my money's worth.

Dreizel
Dreizel

Multiple sources? Who are these multiple sources? It is plausible that a situation like this happened but not concrete. In any case this is the best way to go about it, i don't care for gaming cams, games have sucked for it and it is not worth the price so i'm glad it is not a requirement and it is not included. And the Kinetic2 for the Xbox is creppy i which they would remove it.

skipper847
skipper847

Any one remember EyeDentify for the PS3 when then was first shown and was cancelled

coaltango
coaltango

i could care less for the PS Eye.


just get me the console & the games thats it.


majority of the gamers are like this.

hishams911
hishams911

XBOX one will change gaming experience i think most of jap friends will change their mind its just a mater of time am PS gamer but  the new XBOX ONE  is awesome ... 

hordaak
hordaak

so, what i'm hearing is ps4...for a good value. xb1, for a better system. got it 

isisblack
isisblack

it was the right call since the PS eye doesn't really interest consumer that much and no one will really uses it. IF it was official to a rumor ?

AtariKidX
AtariKidX

Sony have done the right choice.....

kouji03
kouji03

why are people taking rumors as facts? 

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

Sony should really stick it to MS and drop the price down to $350. Id almost even consider getting one sooner if they did that. I guess I just keep with my PC and wait for the PS4 slim in a few years.

cj10239
cj10239

And do you know what it took away from the console?

Absolutely nothing, kudos for giving players the option on gimmicky shit they don't want or need (albeit for dubious competitive reasons)

Grimsby2162
Grimsby2162

As long as it isn't required to be there to play my games, i'm fine with that.

sjawz3288
sjawz3288

PS Eye is $60 but they were going to charge us an extra $100 if it was included with the console? That's odd. 

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

THe right choice as far as I am concerned. The whole idea of a peripheral is that you shouldn't need it to run your system.

SPuDl
SPuDl

I would of bought X1 if they made the kinect optional - I'm only interested in playing with a controller

mickolopi
mickolopi

PS Eye is 60$, so that is 460$, but we have the option whether or not we want to buy,not loaded onto it to us... Good try from gamespot...

RockoW
RockoW

Excellent. I don't want a ps eye.

MadaraSoul
MadaraSoul

thumbs up if u think any1 still going to buy Micro-lairs console is a fart-pusher 

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

When I see PS3 and Xbox 360 games with crummy implementations of motion-control I think to myself, "The Wii has a lot to answer for...". Likewise, with this whole topic of conversation here.


VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Ok, so now MS needs to remove the Kinect sensor for a basic $375 option. Undercut them, they they retaliate. Consumers win.

ScouseLemon
ScouseLemon

Hands up who seriously thinks MS won't offer a core package which doesn't include Kinect a a few months after the XBO's initial release.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

I think it's good that the X1 comes standard with the camera, once you drop your paranoid fear that micro or the govt actually want to look at you (they don't).

Because the camera is standard, game devs no longer have to make a big fuss about it when their game includes support for it. Now we can finally have Kinect integration into our games that is far more subtle and thought out because it's no longer trying to sell the cameras gimmick. In the future we're going to look back and laugh at the days when we didn't have full video and audio integration into our systems.

TwistyMcFisty
TwistyMcFisty

Good for gamers who don't like motion gaming.  And to those who do, its still available at a reasonable price.  Always good when you have a choice.

mmnlm1982
mmnlm1982

sony without the camera is god of game



SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

It's still $40 cheaper even with the camera! lol

BIOJECT
BIOJECT

Glad to hear they decided not to include the camera. I would never use it. 

nep321a
nep321a

Xbone is garbage. $500, no self-publishing for Indie games, nonremovable hard drive, still requires occasional internet connection and requires games to be installed. Kinect is stupid, too.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

awesoooooome!!! i never use cameras anyways!!!

hadlee73
hadlee73

Nice to have the option rather than having it forced down your throat.

Geogyf
Geogyf

Well, sony could do it.

Microsoft CANT. Kinnect 2.0 is an integral part of the system

Games must be still fully installed on the Xbox one

Xbox one must still go online every once in a while

The cloud computing center in Iowa was made for a reason.


So yes you can play games offline on Xbox one , but the question remains.

for how long, and with what limitations?

And why should we care if Kinnect 2.0 can see our body temperature???? (last part =official info from E3)

joesguy
joesguy

It's time Microsoft got a hint - Nobody wants forced implementation of peripherals.

Master_Adeum
Master_Adeum

ARE YOU READING THIS MICROSOFT? Looks like somebody actually understands gamers HATE Kinect and other camera-related games/accessories and in this day and age with government spying rumors, people don't want a 24/7 camera and microphone in their home...

Wretched86
Wretched86

I have absolutely no use for a kinetic camera. I'm glad Sony isn't FORCING me to buy something I don't need nor want. Could care less about how many they've sold for that matter either. And even though they are revoking all the DRM restrictions the fact that that's what they wanted in the first place has put me on track for the ps4.

drokmore
drokmore

It's a very smart move for Sony for the gaming community. But MS is likely to integrate K2 into lots of different things non gaming so pretty hard not to sell it bundled. We'll see if that pays off or not. I never did use the Kinect w the 360.

billnye69
billnye69

Said it before. Kinect makes the console $100 more. Sony own version would of made there console the same price but they cut to beat MS. Probably going to wok to some extent too. 

vannacut
vannacut

very consumer friendly smart move by sony., they are giving options to people who wants it and who doesnt, even with that it s cheaper than xbox, and many may not even bother with it saving almost a hundred due to combined taxes and stuff... why is this even a news, why didnt we have these when xbox360 offered way less or useless stuff, charging for everything extra thus making their price lower? it wasnt even released with an hdmi, nothing better than a dvd drive, little sized soon to be raplaced for alot of money hard drives, plug and play kits, controllers that wouldnt last a year..... 

senjutsu
senjutsu

I really like the idea of the kinet, but I'd never pay 100$ for this. I mean, it's almost 2 games. I can still change channels with my remote on the TV, and anyway I don't have live TV (I only stream). So for me, the kinect would have been used for video chat only. While it's nice, it's far from a must. I would have bought the kinect surely in a year or two if I'd be an xbox gamer. They should give us the choice. Anyway, I'd buy both consoles if I could. I wonder if I should just buy them at bestbuy, and return them after one month (max before you can't return it anymore), just to see which one feels the best. I could buy used consoles so it's not sad for the store (unless there is none). Well anyway it's 100$ more for xbox, so I'm gonna go with PS4.

djpetitte
djpetitte

I still see the xbots are hard at work here. You aren't fooling anyone, especially you, NOANGLE.  It's so obvious.   During the week of E3 there were lists of all these jackasses.

thegraver
thegraver

I guess I'll be getting the PS4..................and the Xbox One