While Microsoft has earned some good will from the game community this week after a memo revealing that the next Xbox will not require an online connection all the time in order to work, Sony is elbowing its way into the debate by saying that they never considered such an option because most of the world doesn't have perfect internet.
"Did we consider it? No, we didn’t consider it," said Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuei Yoshida in a recent interview with Game Informer Magazine. "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 do not really have robust Internet."
This should assuage the fears of consumers who were worried that they would be forced to have a constant connection in order to play PS4 or Xbox 720 games. With all of the next-generation consoles not requiring a constant internet connection, consumers can now officially breath a collective sigh of relief. Always Online gaming has not had the best track record so far – the launch windows for Diablo III and SimCity are two prime examples of how requiring a constant connection to play a game (that is not an MMO or online-only game) is a major hassle. Prior to those disastrous launches, Ubisoft showed us that tying your digital rights management scheme to a server (even when playing a single player game) can make consumers very angry.