Tretton: Not A Good Idea To Force The PS4 Camera On Gamers
Well, is Tretton wrong? Should they really force a camera on consumers? No way.
As we know, the PlayStation 4 will be priced at $399, a full $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. The biggest difference is that Microsoft's console will come with the second iteration of Kinect, while the PS4 will not include the PlayStation Eye. The latter will retail separately for $59, which isn't a bad price.
However, not everyone wants or needs it, right? So why should Sony force people to buy it when they want to pick up the PS4? SCEA president Jack Tretton addressed this topic in speaking to IGN; he first says the believes Sony has "more experience in motion gaming than anybody" because they started with the EyeToy back in the PS2 era. As for not packaging the new camera with the PS4:
"...for the development community and for the consumer it should be a choice. If you’re a developer who is excited about the camera and really think you can integrate that into making a great game, please do it. We’d love to have you on board. And if you’re a consumer who is interested in buying the camera, we’d love to sell it to you for 60 bucks.
But to force every consumer to have it on day one, when some of them may be on a limited budget and don’t necessarily have the interest in it, or to mandate that the development community has to support it...that ends up coming up a little bit short in terms of things people can get excited about."
We're definitely down with that. Don't be putting accessories into the box that not everyone wants, especially when it significantly increases the entry fee. Don't forget that Sony had originally planned to include the Eye with the PS4 and charge $500 (according to sources). Thankfully, they changed their minds and now their new console is a lot more attractive to most consumers. That $400 price tag is so appealing!
7/1/2013 9:45:40 PM Ben Dutka