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Sony Denies Removing Camera to Make PS4 Price Competitive With Xbox One

July 5, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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It was just over a week ago when IGN published a story saying that Sony had essentially removed the PlayStation Camera from the PS4′s launch bundle to bring the console’s price down to $399/€399/£349, $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.

Since then, Jack Tretton has already explained their decision to keep the PlayStation Camera a separate purchase and how it “ends up coming up a little bit short” if you force consumers to pay for it on day 1. Following up, Seb and Dan had a Daily Reaction focused solely on whether or not anyone would actually miss the camera.

When Fergal Gara, VP & Managing Director at SCE UK and Ireland, was asked by TechRadar if Sony had decided to remove that PlayStation Camera in order to compete with Microsoft, he denied the report by saying, “It can’t be true because we couldn’t possibly have known what the Xbox was going to cost.”

Putting a little bit more explanation into that answer, Fergal continued with:

What I’ll say is, lots of ideas were considered you know, lots of different combinations and of course price was I think fairly clear from a very long time out but you know everything about PS4 is about giving gamers choice. So if you don’t want a camera you don’t have to have a camera. If you want to trade in games, you can trade in games. So there’s been nothing in the whole proposition that is overly restrictive and I think the reaction has proved that people value that.

Sony isn’t leaving the PlayStation Camera out to die though, as The PlayRoom will be bundled with every PS4, and you’ll need to spend your $60 in order to actually use it.

Do you still think Sony removed the camera in order to have a cheaper price? Let us know in the comments below.