According to a report today from VG 24/7, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO and president Andrew House said Sony expects early adopters of the PlayStation 4 not to really care about the PlayStation Eye camera, which subsequently left Sony to ditch the accessory in its bundling.
“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,” House said.
The absence of the camera also brings the PS4 price down to what Sony World Wide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida calls the “magic price.”
The PlayStation 4 will be $200 cheaper than the PS3 and $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.
However, the Xbox One will come with a built-in camera along with motion, gesture and voice control.
The PlayStation Eye camera essentially works in a similar fashion to the Xbox One’s built-in Kinect, but Sony added light bars to the DualShock 4 controller so it could function like the PS3’s Move controller with the PS Eye.
House said he’s prepared to “adjust messaging” down the road if consumers were to more heavily demand the camera, but doesn’t see the PS Eye exclusion as a launch-day hurdle.
The PS4 launches in North America on Nov. 15, in Europe on Nov. 29 and in Japan in February.