At E3 of this year Sony took to the stage and announced the price of the Playstation 4, a whooping £80 cheaper than that of their competitors machine, the Xbox One. With all of the hatred of Microsoft’s DRM policies at the time, the pricing of the Playstation 4 was just one more victory for Sony, ensuring that gamers everywhere looked to their console for the next-generation.
According to IGN, though, the Playstation 4 was originally going to cost just as much as Microsoft’s Xbox One. In the months leading up to E3 Sony appearently removed the Playstation 4 camera system in order to bring the price of the system down, informing their retail partners of its removal but not of the new price-tag in order to ensure Microsoft couldn’t find out. Like Microsoft’s own Kinect, the Playstation 4 camera was supposed to come bundled in every box.
In their efforts to win the price-war, though, there is some bad news as the future of the camera system is in question. Again, like Kinect it was supposed to be bundled in every package to ensure that Sony and any developer working on the platform would know that each person had a camera available to them, making developement of titles far easier as companies wouldn’t have to gamble on whether potential customers had the camera system or not.
It also hurts the Playstation 4’s controller, which features an LED system designed to work in tandem with the camera.
It’s certainly going to make life for Sony a little trickier as they’ll now have to convince gamers that motion-controls are a good thing, and we all know how lukewarm the reaction has been so far. However, there’s no denying that by undercutting Microsoft in the price war they’ve given themselves a hell of an advantage.