Prior to the announcement of the PlayStation 4, a number of outlets reported that the console would come bundled with an improved PlayStation Eye camera. Sony failed to clarify that point when it revealed the peripheral at its PlayStation Meeting earlier in the year, but the implication has always been that the system will be sold alongside the enhanced technology. However, a disclaimer at the end of a recent DualShock 4 video has hinted that that may not actually be the case.
The message – spotted by the eagle-eyed folks over at NeoGAF – notes that the PS4 camera will be "sold separately”. The insinuation is that the peripheral may not come included with the machine after all, but the terminology is not entirely clear. The footage is specifically about the DualShock 4, so the disclaimer could feasibly be indicating that you don’t get the camera with individual purchases of the controller. That doesn’t necessarily rule out the PlayStation Eye being bundled with the console itself, though. Confused? Us too.
It’s a topic that’s unlikely to be cleared up until Sony clarifies what’s actually in the box. On the positive side, not including the camera would allow it to shave a few pennies off the price of the hardware, but it would also dramatically impair the number of developers taking advantage of the peripheral. Then again, seeing as use of the unit will come at the expense of Remote Play, it may yet be for the best.
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