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While in general gamers and analysts seem to like the PlayStation 4 game console, the system has faced some criticism as it comes without PlayStation Camera motion-sensing controller inside the box. By contrast, Microsoft includes second-gen Kinect sensor into the Xbox One bundle. Apparently, Sony does not see the lack of camera as a disadvantage since core gamers may not necessarily need it.

"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 is not necessarily a huge emphasis being placed on camera interaction," said Andy House, chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, in an interview with BusinessSpectator.

Sony PlayStation Camera features two cameras with 1280*800 resolution; the lenses of each cam operate with an aperture of f/2.0, with 30 cm focusing distance, and an 85° field of view. The dual camera setup can be used together for depth-sensing of objects in its field of vision.  Otherwise, one of the cams can be used for generating the video image, while the other used for motion tracking. PS Camera sports a four-channel microphone array, which helps reduce unwanted background noise and may be used to issue commands. The camera connects to PS4 using a special port. The PlayStation Camera will be released as a separate, add-on accessory priced at $59/€49/£44.

According to unofficial information, Sony did want to bundle the camera initially, but in the months prior to the E3 announcement the company decided to exclude the camera and drop the launch price to $399. While Sony will be able to potentially sell more game consoles initially, eventually it will face a problem of fragmentation. By far not all PlayStation 4 systems will feature the camera, which is why game developers will likely be reluctant to design games that rely on the device.

Essentially, Sony dropped a function of the PS4 in order to reduce its launch price. By contrast, every single Microsoft Xbox One will come with Kinect 2 motion sensor, which means that every developer can take advantage of motion-sensing device.

Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts, announced earlier this year that it would take advantage of second-generation Kinect sensor in the version of Battlefield 4 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One. The sensor will not be used for controlling characters in the game, but for other purposes.

The actual way how DICE plans to utilize Microsoft’s second-generation motion sensor is not clear. However, the developer promises that the implementation will bring actual advantages to gamers, which indicates that the feature will not be a tick-box implementation. In fact, no matter how significant will the usage of Kinect 2 be, it will still be an exclusive Xbox One feature not available on PCs, PlayStation 4 and other consoles.

Sony PlayStation 4 is based on a semi-custom AMD Fusion system-on-chip that integrates eight AMD x86 Jaguar cores, custom AMD Radeon HD core with unified array of 18 AMD GCN-like compute units (1152 stream processors which collectively generate 1.84TFLOPS of computer power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two), various special-purpose hardware blocks as well as multi-channel GDDR5 memory controller. The PS4 will come with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory sub-system (with 176GB/s bandwidth) for both CPU and GPU as well as large-capacity hard disk drive. 

Sony PS4 will be equipped with Blu-ray disc drive capable of reading BDs at 6x and DVDs at 8x speeds, USB 3.0 connectivity in addition to a proprietary aux port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless technology as well as HDMI, optical and analog outputs. The new system will also utilize new DualShock 4 game controller with integrated touchpad as well as better motion sensing thanks to new PS4 tracking cameras (sold separately for $59).

The PlayStation4 (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will launch on November 15, 2013 in the Canada and U.S., and from November 29, 2013 in Europe (PAL region) including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The PS4 will also launch in ten Latin American countries on November 29: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

When the PlayStation 4 will become available this year, it will be sold at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399, CAD$399, €399, and £349.

Tags: Sony, PlayStation Camera, Playstation, PlayStation 4, Orbis, AMD, Fusion, Radeon, Jaguar, x86

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By not including the motion camera, Sony demonstrates its commitment to privacy.
4 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 10/11/13 06:25:01 PM]
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Bwuahahaha yeah right...wake up man it was to undercut the Xbox One price tag
3 1 [Posted by: redeemer  | Date: 10/12/13 04:18:28 AM]
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Obviously a backhanded stab at strong Microsoft and NSA links.
0 2 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 10/13/13 04:21:00 PM]
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Witch is precisely why (like so many others) I'll buy the Sony instead of the Xbox. Thanks for the savings Sony!
0 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 10/15/13 06:11:22 PM]
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motion sensor isn't good for most games anyhow. only games motion sensor is good for is family type of games fps where there is a lot of multi-tasking, you need a controller.
4 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 10/12/13 04:22:08 AM]
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I'm still waiting for a top quality sensor, not this Kinect crap, that will come with a controller in the form of a sub-machine gun or similar that can offer real time input for 3D FPS games. I would love to be able to have a gun and moving it real time on the screen.
1 3 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/12/13 02:07:59 PM]
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Get me a suspended full body suit (Pacific Rim type), then I'll finally be able to "live" the game. Imagine having to literally run and duck to cover; jump and climb ledges and obstacle.

This would be the ideal solution to shape up gamers and unofficially breed new reserve forces.

I'd also want to received electric shocks when I get killed and a little shot of morphine for every achievement!!!
0 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 10/15/13 07:25:51 PM]
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If Battlefield (or other popular FPS games) in PS4 actually utilize the camera motion sensor to perform a useful function which will give players an advantage, will it make gamers rush to buy this sensor to be more competitive?
0 1 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 10/13/13 01:35:22 AM]
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"In fact, no matter how significant will the usage of Kinect 2 be, it will still be an exclusive Xbox One feature not available on PCs, PlayStation 4 and other consoles."

Actually kinect is also a pc peripheral which means you need to take PC off the above list.
1 0 [Posted by: evernessince  | Date: 10/14/13 01:48:30 AM]
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Camera-based motion control is rubbish. I will not miss it.
1 1 [Posted by: shaurz  | Date: 10/14/13 01:09:51 PM]
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People bought tons of plastic guitars to play Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

People will buy a motion sensor if it makes sense or there is a game worthy of buying it.

The real problem is, usually, there is no such game. I never felt I needed to add a Kinect to my Xbox. Nothing really spectacular. Will I feel the same about the PS4? Who knows.
1 0 [Posted by: Astral Abyss  | Date: 10/15/13 09:21:58 AM]
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plus you have to have the room for it as well your typical bedroom does not have the room required to play Kinect.
2 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 10/15/13 10:53:41 AM]
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