PlayStation VR will need the PS4 camera to work

That means you could really be looking at a price point of around $460 if you don't already own the PlayStation 4 camera.


Sony has announced the pricing and availability for its PlayStation VR, although it left out one important caveat: you’re going to need to purchase a $60 PlayStation 4 camera in order for it to function.

The reason why Sony decided to omit this piece of info is because the company considers many of its customers to already own the accessory. Because of that, Sony isn’t bundling the camera with its PlayStation VR headset.

The PlayStation 4 camera has been available since the launch of the console, but if you plan on enjoying your PlayStation VR experience in any way, you’re going to need to own one of them. The reason for this is due to the fact the camera provides positional tracking for the headset. If you don’t own one, then you’ll be missing a vital piece of the VR puzzle.

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    March 15, 2016 4:13 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, PlayStation VR will need the PS4 camera to work

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      March 15, 2016 4:17 PM

      How good is the PS4 camera, anyway?

      I thought a big deal for accurate tracking in VR was the lowest latency hardware possible for this sort of thing and to curb motion sickness. The previous playstation camears were never very good. No idea what the PS4 one is like.

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        March 15, 2016 4:20 PM

        it's garbage. worse than a Kinect 1.

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        March 15, 2016 5:15 PM


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        March 15, 2016 5:23 PM

        They use the motion sensors in the headset to drive the display and get low latency that way. The camera is for large scale head movement and to keep the motion stuff on track.

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      March 16, 2016 6:33 AM

      That's a rather large omission. Hopefully they'll state this in the marketing. Going to be some bad PR if the majority of gamers get VR unit home and THEN find that they need the camera. I don't think I know anyone that owns the camera.

      I guess MS isn't going to pursue VR with the xbox. Funny since they have a really good camera in the Kinect. Too bad Apple owns that patent now.

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        March 16, 2016 7:27 AM

        It's not an omission at all. Why would people who already own the camera be forced to buy second one?

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          March 16, 2016 7:32 AM

          By omission I meant they didn't talk about it in the initial coverage.

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            March 16, 2016 7:35 AM

            Oh. The official blog post by Andy House states that clearly, though.

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