No “always online” requirement for PlayStation 4

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Will the next generation Xbox require a perpetual internet connection, or will it work just fine for those without access? We don’t know – but we do know that Sony’s PlayStation 4 has no such connection requirement. Because Sony said so.

Sony president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida has said that gamers would not need a constant internet connection to enjoy the fruits of the PlayStation 4, because the internet infrastructure is different around the world. In fact, it wasn’t even up for consideration.

“Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it," Yoshida in an interview with Gameinformer. "The main reason being that many countries don’t have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw [that] do not really have robust Internet.”

There you have it, PlayStation gamers. A perpetually connected console is just not going to be something you’re going to have to deal with.

Sony’s been exceptional at wooing gamers for the next gen, abandoning the unbridled arrogance that saw the company lose favour to Microsoft at this generation’s beginning. There’s a renewed focus on games, game developers and most importantly, gamers – and Microsoft’s going to have to work very hard indeed to recapture gamer sentiment.

Last Updated: May 8, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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